Nigeria in the Land of the Lilliputians

Lukas Valentin, Malene Heide Wallberg, Line Torp Reichhardt & Laura Hamburger Holm

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This paper asses the Nigerian led ECOMOG intervention in Sierra Leone in 1996, following years of unrest and civil war, by examining the circumstances surrounding the General Sani Abacha’s decision to fund and supply the intervention.
Nigeria has had a notorious history of wanting to exhibit its regional self-perceived importance and power since the inception of the nation in 1960. Despite changing contours in the commitment to advancing its self-perceived manifested destiny as a regional hegemon, Nigeria has been consistent in following its written constituted foreign policy from 1960.
This paper argues that the intervention in Sierra Leone is a result of a pragmatic leader wanting his military regime to survive, as well as claiming the position as a regional hegemon by protecting its neighbouring countries. Furthermore, this paper argues that the intervention worked as to better the international perception of the Nigerian call for regional leadership.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato24 maj 2016
Antal sider59
VejledereGorm Rye Olsen


  • Nigeria
  • Intervention
  • Sierra Leone
  • Regional Hegemon