AD43: Citizens hold mixed views on Nigeria's international relations

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Nengak Daniel Gondyi, Raphael Mbaegbu, Oluwole Ojawole, and Peter Lewis

The international community is watching with intense interest as Nigeria’s new government settles in and begins to pursue its development priorities, which are centred on fighting corruption; creating employment, especially for young people; and improving security. How do Nigerians, in turn, perceive the international community and its role in their country’s development?

Using data from the latest Afrobarometer survey, this analysis examines the views of Nigerian citizens on migration, regional integration, and international assistance and trade. The data suggest that while Nigerians believe in free movement across national borders in West Africa, they find migration in the region to be difficult. Most Nigerians say they do not receive remittances from abroad. They hold mixed views on regional responsibilities vs. national sovereignty and on how helpful the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are to their country. The preferred development model is the United States, but most Nigerians also welcome China’s contributions as a business and development partner.