Australia seeks closer ties with Nigeria

Adoba Echono, Abuja

Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Lehmann

Australia has expressed its commitment to support Nigeria’s quest to tackle terrorism and the fight against corruption.

The Special Envoy for Human Rights of the Australian Prime Minster, Mr. Dario Morosini, made the commitment when he visited the Permanent Secretary in Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sola Enikanolaiye in Abuja, Nigeria.

Mr. Morosini said his country would also assist Nigeria in its efforts to diversify the economy.

According to Mr. Morosini, “he was in Nigeria as part of his country’s efforts to galvanise support for a strong global commitment toward sustaining the human rights of all citizens.”

The envoy conveyed his government’s commendation over the rescue of the Chibok girls, which he described as a testament of government’s commitment to ensuring the preservation of the rights of its citizens.

On his part, Ambassador Enikanolaye, pledged Nigeria’s unflinching commitment to ensuring that the rights of all its citizens were protected.

Ambassador Enikanolaye informed the envoy of the readiness of the Nigerian Government to collaborate with the Australian government to achieve its three main priorities of security, economic diversification, good-governance and anti-corruption.

He also pledged the support of Nigeria for Australia’s bid for election to the UN Human Rights Council from 2018 to 2020.