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International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 3(5), pp. 232239, May, 2015.  

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2015.031

ISSN: 2360-784X



Research Paper





1Nidhi Mehra and 2Dr A.S. Yaruingam*


1Research scholar in the Department of African Studies, University of Delhi. India.

E-mail: sannidhi.leo@gmail.com.    Ph.no:  09953827022

2Associate Professor and Former Head of Department & Director for African Studies Centre, University of Delhi, India.

E-mail: awungshi_angam@yahoo.co.in.  Ph.no: 09560714373


Accepted 2 June 2015



The relationship between India and Nigeria is deep-rooted, characterized by inner warmth and generosity. The colonial backdrop of Nigeria and India makes both of them historical friends and thus natural allies. The independent India, having itself gone through the travails of colonialism, stood in solidarity with Nigeria during its colonial struggles and championed the course of decolonization process. This is validated by the fact that India established its diplomatic Mission in 1958, two years before Nigeria’s independence. The diplomatic relations over these years has transformed itself into Strategic Partnership. They stand united on international forums and other critical global issues and are strong advocates of South-South cooperation. The friendship is manifested through fruitful political, cultural, economic and defence exchanges. Despite blossoming bonhomie, several constraints need to be addressed to take the bilateral relations to the next higher pedestal. The immense potential in both the countries along various sectors of the economy should be harnessed. Similarly, Indian overtures towards Nigeria must not be interpreted as the scramble for African resource. Rather, it must be defined as the re-branding of a relationship in the context of old historical ties. As India seeks to solidify her relations with Africa, stronger ties with Nigeria as global partner become an imperative. The strategic relations, it is anticipated, will get the needed attention under the stewardship of PM Modi and General Buhari.

Keywords: Shared values of equality, mutual respect, mutual benefit, common understanding of south -south cooperation, closely working together in regional and international organization, strategic partnership Agreement, mutual legal assistance treaty, Bilateral trade agreement, cooperation against trafficking in arms, cultural exchange


Cite This Article As: Mehra N, Yaruingam AS (2015). INDIA-NIGERIA RELATIONS (FROM HISTORICAL FRIENDS TO STRATEGIC PARTNERS). Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 3(5): 232-239






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