DOMESTIC ENVIRONMENTAL VARIABLES AND FOREIGN POLICY ARTICULATION OF THE BUHARI ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA’S FOURTH REPUBLIC

Tola Odubajo

Abstract


There is a constant stream of discourses on Nigeria’s foreign policy behaviour by scholars and policy makers alike. This owes largely to the unpredictable nature of the country’s actions and inactions on the global arena. Over the decades, there have been periods of dynamic foreign policy posturing, as well as the era of moderate foreign policy behaviour, and the combative approach to foreign policy. In large part, the prevailing attitudes are induced by the conditions in the two environments of foreign policy. This paper interrogates the impact of the conditions of the domestic milieu on the foreign policy behaviour of the Buhari administration. The analysis is based on the juxtaposition of variables in both the domestic and external environments of foreign policy. On the strength of data gathered from secondary sources, it is observed that the subsisting domestic conditions have great influences on Nigeria’s foreign policy behaviour under the Buhari administration. However, in the overall interest of projecting, promoting and protecting Nigeria’s national interest, the Buhari administration must continually balance the scale between domestic and foreign policy pursuits.


Keywords


Nigeria; Buhari; Foreign Policy; Domestic Policy; Environmental Variables.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.22456/2238-6912.71792

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