Boko Haram: Nigeria withdraws peacekeeping troops from Mali

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The President of the Senate, David Mark, on Monday said activities of Boko Haram insurgents had compelled the government withdraw Nigeria’s peacekeeping troops from Mali.

He made the remark at a two-day retreat on Nigeria’s Foreign Policy jointly organised by the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos.

The Senate President said Boko Haram had become a major challenge Nigeria’s efforts at forging relationships with her French-speaking neighbours.

“The activities of Boko Haram insurgents are beginning affect Nigeria’s foreign policy,” said Mark, represented by Chief of Staff, Sen. Anthony Manzo.

He held that any government’s foreign policy was an extension of its domestic policy.

“Let me advert the domestic exigency that is now dominating and affecting Nigeria’s foreign policy.

“The onslaught of Boko Haram insurgents in Northern Nigeria presently constitutes a serious national security threat.

“If a foreign policy is a reflection of the domestic policy, then, acts have invariably affected and determined foreign behaviour,’’ he said.

He expressed optimism that the retreat would identify and proffer solutions Nigeria’s present foreign policy challenges.

Sen. Mathew Nwagwu, Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, said Nigeria’s foreign policy had since 1960 remained consistent with very few adjustments meet the present challenges.

Nwagwu said the retreat was to review some aspects of Nigeria’s foreign policy and strengthen its missions abroad.