Journal of Political Science and Development
International Journal of Political Science and Development
Vol. 3(5), pp. 232–239, May, 2015.
INDIA-NIGERIA RELATIONS (FROM HISTORICAL FRIENDS TO STRATEGIC PARTNERS)
1Nidhi Mehra and 2Dr A.S. Yaruingam*
1Research scholar in the Department of African Studies, University of Delhi. India.
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2Associate Professor and Former Head of Department & Director for African Studies Centre, University of Delhi, India.
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Accepted 2 June 2015
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.
This Article As:
Mehra N, Yaruingam AS (2015). INDIA-NIGERIA RELATIONS (FROM HISTORICAL
FRIENDS TO STRATEGIC PARTNERS). Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 3(5):