“Instrumentalizing” The United Nations: Nigeria and Its Quest for Regional Leadership in Africa

Oshewolo, Segun and Nwozor, Agaptus and Fayomi, Femi and Oluwatuyi, Motolani (2021) “Instrumentalizing” The United Nations: Nigeria and Its Quest for Regional Leadership in Africa. World Affairs, 184 (1). pp. 77-100. ISSN 0043-8200

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0043820021990551


This study demonstrates that Nigeria’s power scheme in the United Nations (UN) clearly amounts to “instrumentalizing” the world body in favor of its hegemonic interest in Africa. Through the UN, Nigeria has employed its abundant power resources to support the dismantling of apartheid and colonialism in Africa, contribute actively to the maintenance of international peace, and promote social and economic development in the developing world, including Africa. Nigeria’s exploits in the above areas have yielded notable dividends, particularly the projection of the country as a leading African power. The notable dividends notwithstanding, there have been some major setbacks such as occasional disdain for Nigeria’s interest and ambition in the UN by smaller African countries, overwhelming domestic security challenges, and the consequent waning of Nigeria’s role in UN-mounted peacekeeping. The study recommends that Nigeria must urgently address these challenges to return to its position of prominence in the world body.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2021 09:33
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2021 09:33
URI: https://eprints.lmu.edu.ng/id/eprint/2998

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