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Nigerian Foreign Policy Towards Africa

Continuity and Change


Okon Akiba

What is the central purpose of writing Nigerian Foreign Policy Towards Africa? In part, it is to advance the study and understanding of the distinct relations among contemporary African states. This study is as much an integrated assessment of the development of Nigeria's African policies as it is an analytical overview of the structural factors impeding the adoption of rational policies towards the collective management of conflicts, promotion of economic cooperation, and political democratization in Africa. Issues raised in this study will facilitate further insight into how the dominant class in control of state power might use the instruments of foreign policy to restructure Africa's external economic relations, in order to effect fundamental change in the prevailing condition of underdevelopment.