Citizen Diplomacy and Development: Re-evaluating Nigeria’s Afrocentric Foreign Policies for Sustainable Peace in West Africa
Keywords:Citizen, Diplomacy, Development, Foreign Policy, West Africa
The main objective of this study is to examine citizen diplomacy in the context of Nigeria’s Afrocentric foreign policy goals and objectives. Recent events in the African continent show that the Nigerian government has played significant hegemonic roles in the African region with scarcely no adequate attention to her internal domestic contradictions. The nation is therefore bedeviled by increasing poverty, unemployment, corruption and general economic challenges. Of particular importance to this study is the poor international image some of these problems have created for the country and its people outside the shores of Africa generally. This study has therefore sought to unravel some of these challenges through deeper investigations to be able to arrest the issues headlong. This study is an exploratory research, and has essentially employed content analysis as sources of data collection and method of investigation. The paper discovered that the Nigerian problem rests squarely on her inability to vigorously confront her domestic economic and political maladies, which in turn impinges on the attempt at resolving her reputation and international image abroad. To this end, there are copious suggestions in the study, which forms credible aspect of the attempt to move the nation and her people forward, and restore her pride of place within the confines of the national polity and regain her international reputation overseas.