6th September, 2011
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said a stable domestic political and economic environment was essential for a successful and robust foreign policy.
President Jonathan was speaking when the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations presented a comprehensive review of Nigeriaâ€™s foreign policy to him for consideration and adoption.
He said the 2011 national elections raised the countryâ€™s profile in the international arena, but added that the administration would work hard to consolidate on this success, while a lot of work would be done to strengthen the countryâ€™s economy in the next few years.
President Jonathan spoke about the huge sacrifices in lives and resources which Nigeria has made towards restoring peace to many countries in Africa, without a commensurate national benefit.
He thanked the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations for the comprehensive review, and promised a thorough consideration of the proposals by relevant organs of government.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Council, Ambassador Emeka Anyaoku, said extensive discussions, brainstorming sessions and inputs from very wide participation in the Seminar on the Review of Nigeriaâ€™s Foreign Policy held from August 1-4, 2011 formed the basis of the proposals.
In May, 2011, President Jonathan directed a review of Nigeriaâ€™s foreign policy after 50 years of independence.