Journal of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria

ISSN: 1597-0396
DOI: 10.5987/UJ-JSMS


DOI: 10.5987/UJ-JSMS.17.066.1   |   Article Number: 42C748D913   |   Vol.12 (1) - April 2017

Authors:  SANUBI Franklins A. and OKE Chris I.

Keywords: Foreign Policy, diplomacy, diplomatic shuttles, Nigeria image-laundering, foreign direct investment (FDI)


A major foreign policy feature of the President Olusegun Obasanjo's 1999-2007 administration was its flurry of foreign trips. As a tool for promoting bilateral and multilateral bargaining in interstate relations, and against the cacophony of views on the relevance of these travels for a developing economy in transition, this paper presents a post-mortem historical discourse on the President Obasanjo's diplomatic travels and assesses the gains for Nigeria as a nation-state.It uses mainly secondary data to buttress the argument of success of Obasanjo's foreign travels which were aimed primarily at restoring Nigeria's international image hitherto battered by the military regimes that preceded the administration. It observes amongst other things that the shuttles rekindled international business engagement sin Nigeria by attracting inflows of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), securing international debt reliefs while restoring its recognition in the comity of nations. It recommends among other things, a redirection of the nation-state's foreign policy towards addressing the critical developmental questions notably its near-zero domestic infrastructure, its drowning currency and its dire domestic/regional security situation being currently despoiled by scourges of regional terrorism and militant insurgencies.

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