Akpabio, others earn global acclaim for diplomatic leadership at 148th IPU Assembly

Leah TwakiMarch 29, 20243 min

Senator Akpabio’s compelling appeal during the debate on the inclusion of an emergency item into the IPU Assembly agenda resonated deeply with parliamentarians worldwide.

The Nigerian delegation, under the leadership of the President of the Nigerian Senate, Godswill Akpabio,  has emerged as a beacon of diplomatic leadership at the ongoing 148th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, Switzerland, earning international commendation for their concerted efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

In a statement issued by the House Spokesman and  Chairman, House Committee on Media & Public Affairs, Rep. Akin Rotimi Jr., noted that the Akpabio-led Nigerian Delegation stood firm in rallying parliamentarians from across the world to uphold the basic tenets of humanity.

The House Spokesperson highlighting the remarks of the Senate President, said Senator Akpabio’s compelling appeal during the debate on the inclusion of an emergency item into the IPU Assembly agenda resonated deeply with parliamentarians worldwide. This is as he advocated that members set aside ego and differences to work collectively towards drafting an all-encompassing resolution, showcasing Nigeria’s unwavering commitment to global peace and humanitarian principles.

“This is a lone voice from Nigeria. We tried our best in Angola and we failed to lend a collective voice towards what is happening in Gaza. Today, the world is very expectant. We must drop our ego. It has nothing to do with which country brings a proposal. The basic tenets of humanity demand that we leave here with resolutions for the rest of the world: to show that we have humane feelings in us,” remarked Senator Akpabio.

Recalling Kalu’s commitment to SDG 16 Rotimi said “Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Kalu, a Member of the Nigerian Delegation, had last October, reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to Parliamentary Action for Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions (SDG 16), urging IPU members to work relentlessly towards achieving it.”

He emphasised that a crisis in any part of the world is a crisis for all, reflecting Nigeria’s proactive approach to international affairs.

The 148th IPU Assembly, themed “Parliamentary Diplomacy: Building Bridges for Peace and Understanding,” serves as a vital forum for delegates to engage in constructive dialogue on pressing global issues. The Nigerian delegation’s proactive stance in advocating for the inclusion of an emergency item on the IPU agenda, leading to substantive discussions on the Gaza crisis, has earned them accolades from the international community.

OrderPaper recalls that Akpabio, in the company of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, and others led Nigeria’s delegation to the 148th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Other delegates are Senators Asuquo Ekpenyong, Osita Ngwu, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, and Ibrahim Dankwambo, alongside Reps. Victor Abang, Olamijuwonlo Alao-Akala, and Marie Ebikake.

The House of Representatives commends the Nigerian delegation for their unwavering dedication and the international recognition they have garnered. This underscores Nigeria’s steadfast commitment to fostering global peace, security, and humanitarianism, reaffirming its pivotal role on the world stage.

Leah Twaki

A Chemistry graduate, excels as a social media manager, digital journalist, and content creator with an interdisciplinary skills blend of science and communication.

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