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Nigeria's Foreign Relations under Olusegun Obasanjo's Civilian Administration

Olorunyomi, B.R. (2014) Nigeria's Foreign Relations under Olusegun Obasanjo's Civilian Administration. Covenant Unh•ersio• Joumal af Politics and lntemational Ajji1ir, 2 (1). pp. 53-64.

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Foreign policy is essentially about the projection, protection. realization and advancement of the national interest ala state. But has that been the case with Nigeria? This paper examines Nigeria 'sforeign policy under Olusegun Obsanjo 's administration (1999-2007). It focuses on the strength ofNigeria 'sforeign policy and what the country was able to gain in the period under review. Primary and secondary datu, scoopedfrom interviews, books, journals, newspapers, magazines, and internet materials were used. Descriptive-analytical method was engaged in the discourse. Findings show that the administration of Obasanjo used Nigeria's external relations as a pla(/orm to cancel Nigeria 's external debt, encourage foreign investment, improve the telecommunication sector, and also mediate in conflict areas in Africa. But it is also noted that there was no ideal structure for foreign policy making and implementation. Therefore, it is recommended that for Nigeria to be able to use f oreign policy for her benefit, the structures and institutions responsible for foreign policy making and implementation must be strengthened and fertilized to grow, which is largely made possible when structures and institutions are manned by skilled or knowledgeable personnel.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Foreign Policy, Administration, National interest, Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 10:04
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 10:04

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