An Appraisal of Economic Dimension in Nigeria’s Multilateral Diplomacy
Nigeria’s multilateral policy has come under proper scrutiny and criticism in recent years from policy quarters and informed public. This becomes imperative because of the perceived policy discrepancy between policy intention and outcome. Most Nigerians, especially from the academia, continue to reassess Nigeria’s contributions to international institutions vis a vis its national goals and interests. This article is therefore a continuation of such exercise to assess and explore a section of Nigeria’s involvement in multilateral institutions since 1960, the year of independence. Being the most populous member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and second most populous in Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) after Indonesia, Nigeria’s multilateral diplomacy is one of the most complex not only in Africa but also in the global south. In assessing and exploring Nigeria’s multilateral diplomacy, the article uses latent content analysis to mine data from existing documents, journal articles, newspapers, and policy papers to dissect the process of multilateralism in Nigeria’s foreign policy. In addition, the article takes into consideration the uses of hermeneutics approach, which is premised on the interpretation of all available evidence, to arrive at objectivity.
Keywords: Economy, Multilateral Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Nigeria