The Muhammadu Buhari administration has decided to withdraw from 90 out of the 310 international organizations to which Nigeria belongs.
Kemi Adeosun, the minister of finance, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Adeosun put Nigeria’s annual commitment to all the international organizations at $70 million.
The minister said the country was currently owing all the organisations about $200 million.
She explained that the decision to withdraw from 90 of such organisations was aimed at cutting cost.
She, however, did not name the organizations the nation was withdrawing from.
Under President Buhari, Nigeria’s foreign relations has taken a turn for the worse and the country is fast heading to the status of a pariah nation.
In November, 2015, Nigeria voted against the protection of human rights defenders, joining dictatorships like North Korea and Iran in opposing a resolution that expands protections of individual rights and freedoms.
Again in July 2016, Nigeria voted against the adoption of a United Nations Human Rights Council, HRC, resolution committing States to protect civil society space, and a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the freedom of peaceful assembly and of association for three more years.
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