By John Okeke
In a bid to revitalize an existing relationship between Nigeria and Pakistan, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has reached out for the renewal of a long time established friendship with the federal republic of Nigeria through its high commission in Abuja.
A friendship celebration day was marked on Thursday in this regard in Abuja as dignitaries from both countries converged to renew and re-strengthen the ties between the two countries.
The special Guest of Honor, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau while re-iterating on the need to conglomerate said that” Nigerian and Pakistan share a lot in common, the earlier we realize this, the better for us”. The lawmaker said that through the government instrumentality, both countries should continually encourage the exchange of personalities which should not be limited to the ambassadorial office.
He further stated that Pakistan is obviously ahead of Nigeria in technological development, noting that this area is of great advantage to Nigeria in rebuilding the countries relationship.
The Pakistan High Commissioner to Nigeria Major General (Retd) Muhammad Tayyab Azam while addressing the press said the relationship between the two countries is overdue for renewal.
He further stated that the current battle against terrorism in Nigeria where once felt in Pakistan and was optimistic that Nigeria will one day overcome terrorism.
The envoy said history will be incomplete without mentioning Pakistan teachers who came teaching in Nigeria in the 1950’s whose sacrifices has produced personalities in the Nigerian political system.
The ambassador said that the government of Pakistan is currently working on a program called ”engaging African initiative” which will be a starting point to explore opportunities. He said that the government of Pakistan will soon be revisiting some bilateral agreements that were halt during look down periods.