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Nigerian Foreign Policy under Military Rule, 1966-1999

Nigerian Foreign Policy under Military Rule, 1966-1999

by Olayiwola Abegunrin


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Abegunrin provides a significant and comprenhensive examination of Nigerian foreign policy (1966-1999) during the almost 33 years of military rule, punctuated by the four-year civilian interregnum, 1979-1983. He analyzes what led to the military rule in 1966, and the foreign policy performance of each military regime that ruled the country since 1966. He also discusses extensively the economic dimension of the nation's foreign policy.

He shows that the last 15 years, the period of Generals Babangida and Abacha, were the most corrupt and brutal that Nigeria had seen since independence. The mysterious sudden death of General Sani Abacha led to the appointment of General Abubakar, who handed power over to an elected civilian government in May 1999, led by President Olusegun Obasanjo. Of particular interest to scholars, students, and other researchers involved with African politics and foreign policy and the role of the military in politial affairs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275978815
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

OLAYIWOLA ABEGUNRIN is Professor of International Relations at Howard University. He taught international relations at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, from 1980 to 1990 and served as chair of the department. He is the author, co-author, or editor of five earlier books and numerous book chapters and articles.

Table of Contents


Prelude to Military Rule

The Study of Foreign Policy: A Theoretical Perspective

Prelude to Military Intervention in Nigeria

The First Phase of Military Rule, 1966-1979

From Ironsi to Gowon: Conservatism Sustained, 1966-1975

Muhammed and Obasanjo: Experimentations in Pan-Africanism, 1975-1979

Nigerian Foreign Policy and the Struggle Against White Rule in Southern Africa

An Interregnum, 1979-1983

The Civilian Interregnum of President Shagari, 1979-1983

The Second Phase of Military Rule, 1983-1999

In Dubious Battle: Muhammadu Buhari, 1983-1985

The Evil Genius: Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, 1985-1993

The Danger of Dictatorship: Sani Abacha, 1993-1998

Setting the Stage for Civilian Rule: Abubakar, 1998-1999

Economic Dimension of Nigeria's Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy Options in Post Military Rule

Nigerian Foreign Policy Options Under the Civilian Rule

Selected Bibliography


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