The President, Association of Foreign Relations Professionals of Nigeria (AFRPN) Ambassador Gani Lawal said that the role of diplomacy in the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the West African sub-region will dominate discussion at the association’s third annual lecture/conference slated for Thursday, 29 of July 2021 in Abuja.
He said that the annual lecture/conference is designed to interrogate issues of the moment by experienced Foreign Relations Practitioners.
Dr. Lawal who said this at a pre-event press conference in Abuja, also disclosed that the theme of this year’s lecture is “The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism and Insurgency in West Africa“.
“This topic has been carefully selected to create an opportunity to listen to the perspectives of diplomatic professionals who have been in the front line of combating terrorism and insurgency. The guest lecturer is no less a personality than the former chairman of ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Ibn Chambas and the chairman of the occasion is current Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof Tijjani Muhammed Bande,” he further disclosed.
He said that the Association of Foreign Relations Professionals of Nigeria (AFRPN) is made up of retired and serving Nigerian diplomats and all stakeholders in the business of Foreign Relations.
The President also explained what the association is set out to accomplish, “Our aim is to impact the foreign policy of Nigeria in a positive way from the perspectives of reasoned options emanating from the synergy and brainstorming exercise of experienced practitioners through lectures, workshop, and publications as well as mentoring of upcoming diplomats”.
Dr. Lawal reveals that former High Commissioner of Nigeria to the United Kingdom, Amb. Dalhatu Tafida, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Joy Ogwu, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama amongst other top government functionaries were scheduled to grace the occasion.
Nigeria and indeed other West African countries had been plagued with the scourge of terrorism, insurgency, and other transborder crimes, hence the relevance of the topic of this year’s lecture which was designed to proffer diplomatic solutions to the identified scourge.

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