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This article focuses on the changes and achievements of Nigeria's foreign and defence policies from 1985 to 1993; it also examines the economic, political and socio-cultural implications of these policies on the nation. The article argues that the foreign and defence policies under Ibrahim Babangida Administration were successful even if other aspects of the administration were a failure. The article also addresses the interlocking relationship between defence and foreign policy execution and concludes with recommendations on how these can be managed to promote the effectiveness of Nigeria’s external relations. The article depended largely on archival materials from the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, supported by scholarly articles, books and newspapers.