Daily Trust (Abuja)

23 May 2002

Nigeria: Abuja Will Continue to Assist Weaker Nations - Obasanjo

President Obasanjo has said that Nigeria's continued interest and participation in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) talks and negotiations was informed by her belief that any strength she had should be deployed for the collective benefit of all, especially the weaker nations on the African continent.

He said the country's participation in Lome I, II and subsequent agreements, as well as the continued sustenance of the Technical Aid Corps was to assist the less endowed nations for the growth and development of humanity and creation of a global home of all.

The President was speaking with Mr. Berenado Vumibobo, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Fiji who brought a special message to State House, Tuesday.

President Obasanjo said Nigeria emphasised with all nations big or small, whose leadership was focused on the peace, development and progress of their people and the world, and commended the Fijian leadership in this regard.

Responding to an invitation to attend the next round of the ACP talks in Fiji, the president said this would be determined by his calendar.

Apart from the invitation to attend the ACP meeting, the special envoys expressed his government's gratitude for the "extremely useful" contributions being made by members of the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps to Fiji.

He said Niegria's leadership role and contributions to African growth and global peace made it imperative for the country to attend the ACP summit at the highest level possible.

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