Nigerian Foreign Policy and the Issue of Image Building: A Critical Assessment of Muhammadu Buhari's Administration (2015-2019)

Authors

  • Abdulkadir Saleh, Department of Political Science Gombe State Univeristy, Gombe, Nigeria
  • Adamu Muhammad Department of Political Science Gombe State Univeristy, Gombe, Nigeria

Keywords:

Foreign Policy,, Image building,, Muhammadu Buhari,, administration.

Abstract

Nigeria over decades have been battling with the dilemma of image building in
the international environment as a result of terrorism, pervasive corruption,
and leadership challenges that are bedeviling the country. These challenges
among others have indeed negatively affected the positive image of the
country amongst the comity of nations. This study, therefore, assessed
Muhammad Buhari's Foreign Policy impacts on Nigeria's image building. The
study relied on secondary data such as journals, magazines, articles, textbooks,
and internet. The linkage Theory of James Rosenau (1969) was used in
explaining the nature of Nigeria's foreign policy and the reason behind the
intricacies surrounding the country's foreign policy. However, thematic and
content analysis was used as a methodology that guides the research. The
paper found that the foreign policy thrust of Muhammadu Buhari's
administration is ''Shuttle Diplomacy'' which focused on foreign trips seeking
the assistance of the international community to help Nigeria in its fight against
Boko Haram insurgency, reviving the country's economic hardship, and tackle
the pervasive corruption in the country. The paper also found that, even though
Buhari's foreign policy did not achieve a persuading impact on the
international community in terms of image-building and respect for the nation
and Nigerians abroad, he however relatively resuscitated some of the nation's
dilapidated image. However, the paper identified some social vices that are still
downgrading the country's posture in the international environment. These
include among others its high ranking on the corruption perception index,
high rate of unemployment, violation of human rights, and insecurity. This
study, therefore, recommends among other things that receptive efforts should
be made to thwart the above-mentioned challenges.

Additional Files

Published

2021-04-23

How to Cite

Abdulkadir Saleh, & Adamu Muhammad. (2021). Nigerian Foreign Policy and the Issue of Image Building: A Critical Assessment of Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration (2015-2019). BRICS JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, 11(1), 5-9. Retrieved from https://www.bricsjer.com/index.php/brics/article/view/247