An alliance is a relationship among people, groups, or states that have joined together for mutual benefit or to achieve some common purpose, whether or not explicit agreement has been worked out among them. Members of an alliance are called allies. Alliances form in many settings, including political alliances, military alliances, and business alliances. When the term is used in the context of war or armed struggle, such associations may also be called allied powers, especially when discussing World War I or World War II.
The origins of the Allied powers stem from the Allies of World War I and cooperation of the victorious powers at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919. Germany resented signing Treaty of Versailles. The new Weimar Republic’s legitimacy became shaken.
Geopolitics is all about forming new alliances and partnerships and breaking old bonds depending on the prevailing circumstances and scenarios.
Nigeria is full of internal problems. However, when it comes to international law and diplomacy, Nigeria can teach most of the so-called first world countries a thing or two on how to behave. Nigeria is currently not aligned with any major world power in the world. We have no treaty of military alliance or support with any country too.
Although, there are lots of countries and powers with interest in Nigeria and it’s affair. These nations will likely protect such interest at any given time depending on the stakes at the time.
An example is during the Nigeria-Biafra war, a country like the UK, added and supported the Nigerian war efforts against the Biafran nation as a result of their interest and investments in the country. They fought to maintain Nigeria’s unity as the status quo already favoured and benefitted them. Besides a new government or nation meant new laws, legislation and new negotiations. Shell already had the upper hand in Nigeria and the British could not afford to sit on the sides and leave their interests to chance. You can read about the declassified report of British war involvement.
Even the commonwealth can not make us pick sides. When the UK goes to war, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa before go running to her side. Nigeria says “whatever”. We get our military supplies from whoever is willing to sell at a fair price. Our troops get trained by specialists from all countries. With Russians and Americans been present at the same time. When we have a conflict with another country. We abide by the rulings of any international body sitting in judgment. Bakassi was handed over to Cameron, even when Nigeria with superior military force and the wishes of the locals was in control, was in control of it.
In pursuing the goal of regional economic cooperation and development, Nigeria helped create ECOWAS, which seeks to harmonise trade and investment practices for its 16 West African member countries and ultimately to achieve a full customs union. Nigeria also has taken the lead in articulating the views of developing nations on the need for modification of the existing international economic order.
Nigeria has played a central role in the ECOWAS efforts to end the civil war in Liberia and contributed the bulk of the ECOWAS peacekeeping forces sent there in 1990. Nigeria also has provided the bulk of troops for ECOMOG forces in Sierra Leone.
Nigeria has enjoyed generally good relations with its immediate neighbours.
Geopolitics is an interesting game, it can be liked to the game of chess, as they have similar strategies and motive – the pawns and the royals. So unlike the Developed World, Nigeria knows how to behave internationally and so has no need for allies.
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