Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: Nigerian Foreign Policy / a Fourth Republic Diplomatic Escapade

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Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: 2016, Vol. 9, Issue 4
Lawal, Ebenezer Ejalonibu; Aluko, Opeyemi Idowu
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Lawal, Ebenezer Ejalonibu:Federal University Lokoja Kogi State Nigeria; E-mail: ; Aluko, Opeyemi Idowu:University of Ilorin Kwara State Nigeria; E-mail:
Foreign Policy; Diplomacy; United Nation; Africa and Nigeria

Foreign policy is unpredictable and has no specific domestic or international boundary. The scope is not static; issues in foreign policy are continuous. Therefore, no government consciously design her foreign policy outlook, the focus of any foreign policy would depend heavily on events in and around the nation and Nigeria is not an exception. The concept of Africa as the centre-piece of Nigerian’s foreign policy has emerged as the most consistent theme that runs through her foreign policies in all the various regimes. Foreign policy of Nigeria could be called a three concentric circle, this concentric circle clearly puts Nigeria’s interest first, West African Sub-region second and then the rest of Africa. It is very crucial to note that between 1960 and 1990, eighteen civil wars in Africa resulted in about 7 million deaths and spawned 5 million refugees. Nigeria cannot ignore Africa’s problems rather she must maintain the principle of Afrocentrism. This is so because; one out of every five Africans is a Nigerian. This paper therefore seeks to critically analyze the core issues in Nigerian foreign policy and challenges facing Nigerian foreign policy in the fourth republic, some recommendations will also be suggested

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