Newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar has pledged to reposition Nigeria at the pinnacle of visional and global decision making with the unveiling of a new foreign policy for the country.
Tuggar made this known on Monday in Abuja while assuming office as Foreign Minister following his inauguration by President Bola Tinubu.
According to Tuggar, the new “Four Ds” Foreign Policy for the country would be centered on; Development, Democracy, Demography and Diaspora geared towards bringing modern solutions to address some complex challenges.
Tuggar said that the Foreign Ministry is at the forefront of promoting Nigeria’s interest and protecting citizens abroad, pledging his commitment to serving the country and Nigerians.
“It is the highest honor to be asked to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs by his Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“As a historically important Ministry, Foreign Affairs has long represented the highest standard of excellence. It is therefore our job to ensure those standards will never fail.
“These are turbulent times. From the unfolding political crises in Niger Republic, to the regional insecurity and economic insecurity, we have a lot of work to do.
“In due time, we will also be unveiling a new vision for Nigeria’s foreign policy, four D’s diplomacy.
“Through this doctrine centered on development, democracy, demography and diaspora, we hope to find modern solutions in order to address complex modern problems.
“I will be counting on your cooperation and partnership. And by the special grace of God and with your support, I am sure that we can place Nigeria where she belongs, at the pinnacle of visional and global decision making,” Tuggar said.
Amb. Adamu Lamuwa, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry pledged the support of all staff to the minister to implement Nigeria’s foreign policy.
“We are here to work for you and the government to articulate and implement Nigeria’s Foreign policy.
“We are happy to have a leader who is not new to the field and who understands everything about diplomacy and foreign policy.
“We should thank Allah and President Bola Tinubu for bringing him to us because we have been praying for a minister who would hit the ground running.
“We are here pledging our determination and support to moving Nigeria’s foreign policy forward,” Lamuwa said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tuggar was appointed to serve as Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany from 2017, and recently in 2023, concluded his second tour as Ambassador.
As Ambassador, Tuggar initiated the repatriation of lost Benin artefacts from the German government leading to the return of 22 Benin Bronze looted artefacts valued at over 100 million pounds.