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Wike Refutes Taking Sides in Israel-Palestine; Eyes Tech, Agro Partnerships

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Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, debunked claims of siding with Israel in its conflict with Palestine during his October 3 interaction with the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria. Emphasizing his lack of authority in foreign affairs, Wike clarified that such matters fall under presidential jurisdiction.

Wike’s comments came during a meeting with the Abuja National Mosque Management Board’s leadership. He underscored his role as a presidential representative, devoid of the power to influence Nigeria’s foreign relationships.

The minister refuted allegations circulating on social media, explaining that official meetings with foreign entities are coordinated through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His encounter with the Israeli Ambassador, he stated, focused on potential agricultural collaborations benefiting FCT farmers.

“In Abuja, our goal supports anyone investing in agriculture to boost employment and increase revenue,” Wike asserted, dispelling notions that the meeting had diplomatic implications.

Addressing misconceptions, Wike advocated for national unity and developmental promotion. He emphasized the necessity of peaceful coexistence and mutual growth within the community.

This clarification followed accusations leveled against Wike post his meeting with Israeli Ambassador Michael Freeman, occurring shortly before escalated hostilities in the Israel-Hamas conflict. Detractors suggested Wike had pledged Nigeria’s backing to Israel, a stance he fervently denies.

During their discussion, Freeman outlined Israel’s eagerness to foster partnerships in Nigeria, aimed at job creation, technological advancement, and agricultural development.

Responding, Wike expressed Nigeria’s interest in technological collaborations, highlighting plans for an Abuja-based technology village. He extolled Abuja’s conducive environment for tech-enhanced farming initiatives, potentially providing extensive youth employment.

Wike also sought Israel’s support in bolstering Nigeria’s technological defenses, crucial for enhancing national security.

Amid these diplomatic interactions, it’s pivotal to recognize that foreign relations, particularly those concerning international conflicts, are typically presidential prerogatives, subject to national interests and international norms.

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