S H E H U , S AMA IL A S. (Lecturer)

ID U N G , RO B E R T U . (Ms.c Student)
Department Of History
University Of Maiduguri
Maiduguri, Nigeria.

The study examines the press coverage of Nigeria’s relations with the West during the country’s suspension from the Commonwealth, 1993-1998. The activities of Nigerian press between 1993-1998 are among other things part and parcel of the causes of suspension of Nigeria from the Commonwealth organization in 1995. This period automatically carved out new roles for the mass media at national and international levels. These among other things included the formation of a strong and virile public opinion, especially on policy matters as well as the instrument of the mass media towards the attainment of policy idea. This study had been able to establish the way and manner in which the Nigerian press covered certain salient issues, like the annulment of June 12, 1993 elections, persecution of journalists, execution of Ken-Saro Wiwa together with eighth Ogoni activist, might have projected a particular image of Nigeria abroad. It is also on the basis of this perception that Nigeria was said to have violated certain provisions of the Harare Declaration of 1991, of the Commonwealth which consequently led to the eventual suspension. The suspension of Nigeria from the Commonwealth has also led Nigeria to adopt alternative foreign policies to cushion the impact of the international animosity it faced at the point in time. The press international pressure and the suspension from the
Commonwealth in particular have reshaped Nigerian’s foreign policy as well as galvanized the process of democratization in Nigeria.

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