Travel Ban And Removal Of Nigeria From The British/UAE Red List: A True Play Of Credible Diplomacy By The Nigerian Government - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, December 16, 2021

Travel Ban And Removal Of Nigeria From The British/UAE Red List: A True Play Of Credible Diplomacy By The Nigerian Government

The Daily Crucible | Published Thursday, December 16, 2021

By Kunle Alaye

In the the theories of international relations, there is a concept we call "Credible Diplomacy" or sometimes we refer to it as "Negotiating Capacity" of a nation whilst dealing with its other counterparts in the global relations.

"Credible Diplomacy" implies, the ability of a nation to technically identify or discover its outstanding universal values (OUV): in order words, such unique and rich potentials that the country has at its disposal to compel or influence other nations of the world so as to agree with its "national interest".

One of the leading exponent of international relations, (Hans Mongethus) says power of a nation is its ability to use its tangible and intangible resources to affect the behaviour of another nation". This is undeniably sacrosanct if a nation can adopt it decisively.

Invariably, it also means even if a nation has what it takes to influence or induce another country, to agree with its policy but lacks the ability to critically fashion this out, it remains a perrennial appendage or stooge in the international politics.  So should I say that has been the case of Nigeria all these while?

Basically, Nigeria's problem in terms of credible diplomacy, has been very stochastic and conjuctural. Most often than not, the country has been governed by people who are delighted in "conspiratorial bourgeoisim". They connive with western capitalist to impoverish their own country: Comprador bourgeoisie in their true play.

Who says Nigeria is not a country to reckon with? If its (Nigeria) political actors have the ability and cultivate the spirit of altruism to fashion out a decisive and promising foreign policies. Who is Britain? If not that Nigerian leaders are bunch of hedonists. Where was UAE when Nigeria got independence from the British in 1960? Do you know how much UAE makes from its flights plying Nigeria on daily basis? Is it not absolutely condescending and exigous for a country like UAE harassing or scolding Nigeria?

Nigeria is governed by the half baked and poor ideologically inclined demagogues whom we refer to as political leaders and that unfortunately, have been responsible for the spate of the country's challenges.

Indeed, Nigeria is a country that presents itself with a paradox: A rich nation but with highest index of poor people. The sixth oil producing nation, according to the Organisation of Petroleum Countries (OPEC) but the highest importer of petroleum products. A leading cassava producing nation but with its people dying of hunger. This is pretty appalling and heartbreaking.

Sincerely, if Nigerian government can remain assertive in its dealings with other so call developed nations of the world like it did recently on the travel ban, I tell you the country will remain a nation to be reckoned with in the international politics. 

Imagine the reaction to Britain and UAE on the travel ban and less than 24 hours, the two countries immediately rescind their decisions and take Nigeria off the red list. This tells you that Nigeria is relevant. However, to what extent can the nation explore its tangible and intangible resources to compel other nations of the world? No country can survive as an island. Nations depend on one another to thrive, even the United States still form allies with Israel, Saudi Arabia and even Nigeria.

I close this article with the view of the great Marxist's apologist (Walter Rodney) he says "Development is a thing of mind and underdevelopment is not the absence of development". No nation is absolutely indispensable nor absolute development anywhere in the world rather "development is in the making".

Kunle Alaye, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Chrisland University Abeokuta, Ogun State and a (Fellow) of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), writes from Abeokuta.

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