Nigerian foreign policy-relations (1999-2010): A comparison of Obasanjo’s (1999-2007) and Yar’adua’s (2007-2010) foreign relations
Chukwuemeka Egberase Okuchukwu
The study employed a comparative analysis of Nigeria’s foreign policy- relations. It analyzes Nigerians foreign policy- relations (1999-2010) with a significant comparison of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration (1999-2007) and that of his successor, late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s administration (2007-2010) foreign relations. A comparative look at both Obasanjo and Yar’Adua administrations foreign relations reveals that the style and method tend to differ, thereby reflecting their idiosyncrasies. Obasanjo foreign relations focused on attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and getting debt relief for Nigeria and that of Yar’Adua focused on Citizen Diplomacy. The only similarity is that both Obasanjo and Yar’Adua administrations foreign relation is centred on almost the same foreign policy objectives.