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Nigeria and Americas

CountryFormal Relations BeganNotes
Argentina 
  • Argentina has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Buenos Aires.
Barbados24 April 1970
  • Formal relations between Nigeria and Barbados started in 1970-04-24.
  • Nigeria is accredited to Barbados from its high commission in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Currently the Barbadian Government does not have foreign accreditation for Nigeria, however the Nigerian Government has said that it was highly desirous of Barbados establishing an embassy directly to Nigeria.

In 2006 the Governor Otunba Gbenga Daniel of the Nigerian state of Ogun announced that Barbadians would be given free land if they wished to move to Nigeria. Nigeria has pushed for more investment from Barbadian companies and investors and the in 2008 for the establishment of direct flights between both nations.

  • Both countries are full members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Belize19 April 1982
  • Both countries established diplomatic relations on April 19, 1982.
  • Both countries are full members of Commonwealth of Nations.
Brazil 

Bilateral relations between Nigeria and Brazil focus primarily upon trade and culture, the largest country in Latin America by size, and the largest country in Africa by population are remotely bordered across from one another by the Atlantic Ocean. Brazil and Nigeria for centuries, have enjoyed a warmly friendly, and strong relationship on the bases of culture (seeing as many Afro-Brazilians trace their ancestry to Nigeria,) and commercial trade.

  • Brazil has an embassy in Abuja and a consulate-general in Lagos.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Brasília.
Canada1960
  • Date started: 1960
  • Canada has a high commission in Abuja and a deputy high commission on Lagos.
  • Nigeria has a high commission in Ottawa.
  • Both countries are full members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade about relations with Nigeria
Cuba 
  • Cuba has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Havana.
Ecuador 
  • Ecuador has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria is accredited to Ecuador from its embassy in Caracas, Venezuela.
Jamaica 
  • Jamaica has a high commission in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has a high commission in Kingston.
  • Both countries are full members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Mexico14 April 1976
  • Mexico has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Mexico City.
Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Nigeria has a high commission in Port of Spain.
  • Trinidad and Tobago has a high commission in Abuja.
  • Both countries are full members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
United States 

After the June 12, 1993, Nigerian presidential election was annulled, and in light of human rights abuses and the failure to embark on a meaningful democratic transition, the United States imposed numerous sanctions on Nigeria. These sanctions included the imposition of Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to refuse entry into the United States of senior government officials and others who formulated, implemented, or benefited from policies impeding Nigeria’s transition to democracy; suspension of all military assistance; and a ban on the sale and repair of military goods and refinery services to Nigeria. The U.S. Ambassador was recalled for consultations for four months after the execution of the Ogoni Nine on November 10, 1995.

After a period of increasingly strained relations, the death of General Abacha in June 1998 and his replacement by General Abubakar opened a new phase of improved bilateral relations. As the transition to democracy progressed, the removal of visa restrictions, increased high-level visits of U.S. officials, discussions of future assistance, and the granting of a Vital National Interest Certification on counter-narcotics, effective in March 1999, paved the way for re-establishment of closer ties between the United States and Nigeria, as a key partner in the region and the continent. Since the inauguration of the democratically elected Obasanjo government, the bilateral relationship has continued to improve, and cooperation on many important foreign policy goals, such as regional peacekeeping, has been good.

The government has lent strong diplomatic support to the U.S. Government counter-terrorism efforts in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Government of Nigeria, in its official statements, has both condemned the terrorist attacks as well as supported military action against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Nigeria also has played a leading role in forging an anti-terrorism consensus among states in Sub-Saharan Africa.

As a member of the International Criminal Court Nigeria signed a Bilateral Immunity Agreement of protection for the US military (as covered under Article 98). A comprehensive passage is updated.

  • Nigeria has an embassy in Washington, D.C. and consulates-general in Atlanta and New York City.
  • United States has an embassy in Abuja and a consulate-general in Lagos.
  • Both countries were former colonies of Great Britain
Uruguay 
  • Nigeria is accredited to Uruguay from its embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Uruguay is accredited to Nigeria from its embassy in Pretoria, South Africa.
Venezuela 
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Caracas.
  • Venezuela has an embassy in Abuja.

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