Fight Against Terrorism and Economic Development as Key Nigeria’s Foreign Policy Objectives Under Muhammadu Buhari 2015-2017
Foreign policy as the actions or activities of the state towards her external environment and this policy are shaped by states domestic and external conditions. The actions which states use to form her activities determined by internal dynamics of the state, i.e., domestic issues. Since his inauguration as Nigeria’s President in May 2015, President Buhari three Cardinal promises were fought against terrorism, economic development and fight against corruption. This paper explores the centrality of the fight against terrorism and economic development to the foreign policy of Nigeria under President Buhari. The paper utilized secondary data such as a journal, books, newspaper among others. The paper found out that the foreign policy objectives and diplomatic trips of the President since coming to office in 2015 are related to the two issues stated therein. These are evident in the president diplomatic shuttle to it immediate neighbors of Niger, Chad and Cameroon to build a sub-regional task force to combat terrorism, there were also improved ties to the United States to boost military and trade relations. Key among his foreign policy of economic development was the renewed ties with China and signing of many business deals totaling about $6 billion for infrastructural and by extension economic development in Nigeria. The paper concludes that President Buhari has been able to make considerable progress in the fight against terrorism and economic development since the President made it a cardinal objective of his administration foreign policy.
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