The former Secretary General of Commonwealth, made this observation after the presentation of a hand book on Nigeria’s Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy; Issues and Perspectives to President Goodluck Jonathan after a breakfast meeting in the Presidential Villa on Tuesday.
Chief Anyaoku, who observed that the country’s status abroad depends to a large extent on its domestic conditions, however believes that Jonathan’s administration is determined to address the issues of insecurity hoping that he will succeed.
President Jonathan said the books are a companion for not only him and the Vice-President but all ambassadors who want to be conversant with the country’s foreign policy.
He thanked the presidential advisory council on international relations for a job well done describing the books as very relevant.
The chairman of the advisory council did not divulge the contents of the policy but while answering a question, he observed that for the country’s foreign policy to stand firm, “the security of lives and property has to be settled at home.”
He further said “the country’s image externally improved with the advent of democracy in 1999. They share great optimism that Nigeria’s standing in the world will continue to improve in spite of the daunting challenges.