Nigeria, Pakistan must collaborate against extremism- Farooq

Adoba Echono, Abuja

Nigeria and Pakistan must continue to strengthen their military ties to promote global peace and security.

The Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lt. Gen. Agha Mohammad Umer Farooq (rtd), stated this in an interview with Voice of Nigeria.

Lt. General Farooq said that collaboration between both countries would go a long way in tackling security challenges in the world.

Extremism has marred human values; it has injured humans; it is destroying humanity, therefore it is common challenge, it can only be fought when we all come together irrespective of our civilizations, history ideologies, religions and faith.

That’s the only way to fight against it, and that is why Pakistan and Nigeria must stand together and fight any human exploitation and extremism,” he reiterated.

The Permanent Secretary in Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bulus Lolo, also speaking with Voice of Nigeria said that Nigeria needs to collaborate with Pakistan in the area of agriculture and solid minerals.

According to Ambassador Lolo, Pakistan derives more than twenty six percent of its GDP from agriculture and twenty five point two per cent from manufacturing, with both sectors contributing over fifty per cent to Pakistan’s economy.

He said Nigeria has a lot to benefit from Pakistan in Nigeria’s drive to diversify its economy from oil.

“You will reckon with Pakistan in the area of agriculture and manufacturing. We should borrow from Pakistan as we diversify our economy from oil.

We must take advantage of what is abundant, which is our land arable for agriculture, great endowments in solid minerals and overcome the dependence, over the decades, on oil.

Being heavenly dependent on oil has denied us the potentials to tap into the rich endowments that we in agriculture and solid minerals.”

Ambassador Lolo noted that Nigeria is endowed with the human resources to excel in manufacturing like Pakistan.