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A Guide to the United States' History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Nigeria

Summary

U.S. Recognition of Nigerian Independence, 1960. The United States recognized the Federation of Nigeria on October 1, 1960, in a congratulatory message from Secretary of State Christian Herter to the Nigerian people, broadcast on Voice of America radio. This message was followed by a congratulatory letter from President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered to Prime Minister Sir Abubukar Tafawa Balewa on October 2, 1960. Nigeria had been previously under British sovereignty.

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Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Nigerian Independence, 1960.

The United States recognized the Federation of Nigeria on October 1, 1960, in a congratulatory message from Secretary of State Christian Herter to the Nigerian people, broadcast on Voice of America radio. This message was followed by a congratulatory letter from President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered to Prime Minister Sir Abubukar Tafawa Balewa on October 2, 1960. Nigeria had been previously under British sovereignty.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1960.

Diplomatic relations were established on October 1, 1960, when the Nigerian Embassy in Washington opened with M. J. Garba as Charge d’Affaires ad interim.

Establishment of the American Embassy in Lagos, 1960.

The American Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria was established on October 1, 1960, with Joseph Palmer II in charge pending presentation of his letter of credence on October 4, 1960.

Resources

  • Nigeria in World Wide Diplomatic Archives Index