Nigeria, Argentina to discuss Boko Haram, ISWAP issues — Ambassador Ikurusi

Philip Ikurusi, the Nigerian ambassador to the Republic of Argentina, announced recently that Nigeria and Argentina are currently having continuous communication to discuss the potentials of capacity building in the purpose to request Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province or ISWAP’s demolition.

The communication extension includes the work of other subjects, in which among them are: Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) signing, the lure of Nigerians to Argentina as an attainable tourism attraction, relationship building on Argentina’s trade affair with Nigeria, and forming a consular alliance to resolve delays in visa issuance.

Under the foundation of BASA’s agreement submission, Ikurusi clarified the grounds of why Argentina is not on the radar of Nigerians as a tourist place. “Argentina is an attractive country with a lot to offer the Nigerian tourist. However, we must discuss the physical distance between the two and the current travel routes available,” he explained.

“In the southern Atlantic corridor, a direct flight would take approximately eight hours by air from Lagos to Buenos Aires. However, with the current situation of stopovers in European and African countries, it extends travel time to more than 20 hours.”

“There are a number of factors that influence the influx of a group of people into a country. First of all, outside of the economic and educational opportunities, the main language spoken in a country is important,” he further added on the discussion of why Argentina doesn’t seem to be viable for Nigerians migration on economic and academic opportunities.

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