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Nigeria Needs ToBe Formidable to maintain regional peace, security over Brexit, say experts

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As Britain opts out of the European Union (EU), experts on international affairs have warned that Nigeria needs to be influential to be able to maintain regional peace and security over Brexit.

They advised that Nigeria has to be fully prepared as the British would capitalise and rely on Nigeria to help maintain regional peace and security which are critical issues over there. The situation, they said, showed that the future of regional integration is not bright.

Speaking yesterday on “Brexit: Africa from Nigeria”, a former Director-General of the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Prof. Bola Akinterinwa opined that Nigeria needs to have an articulated agenda in order to have a lot to gain from Britain’s exit from the EU. Organised by the Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies (CIAPS), he said Brexit is an opportunity to re-colonise Nigeria through technology, maintaining that Nigeria has to be careful so Britain doesn’t use technology to re-colonise her. Noting that Nigerians are doing well in the technology sector, and Britain’s ultimate objective of opting out from EU with the aim of exporting their technology to the whole world, he said Nigeria too should be prepared for that and see how she can stand to gain from the exit immensely.

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Still on areas where Nigeria has to articulate areas of special interest, Akinterinwa, said on the population of about three million Nigerians in the United Kingdom (U.K.), Nigeria should also take advantage of Brexit and make use of them to constitute to serve as a lobbying group to protect to advance Nigeria’s interest, since Brexit is not simply withdrawal of membership from the EU.

Among the discussants, Funke Treasure Durodola, called on the media to lead the conversation, synergy and leverage on the opportunities to be a win-win for Nigeria, adding that if Nigeria does not have plans, she might be re-colonised. Similarly, ex-Regional Dircetor, DFID, Shina Fagbenro, noted that Brexit depends on Nigeria’s national interest, adding that for it to work, the leaders must have basis for negotiation.

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