Bilateral Visits


Bilateral Visits at the Level of Head of State or Government


Nigerian Dignitary to India


Period& Event

President Shehu Shagari

January 1983 Chief Guest Republic Day celebrations.

President  Gen Sani Abacha

March 1994 [to attend the G15 summit]

President (Gen.) OlusegunObasanjo

April 1999

President (Gen.) OlusegunObasanjo

State Visit to India from January 24-28, 2000 as the Chief Guest at India’s 50thRepublic Day celebrations.

President Gen. OlusegunObasanjo

Transit Visit to India from November 2-3, 2004


Vice President Goodluck Jonathan

November 5-7, 2007 for the Federalism Conference.
April 2008- led a large delegation including Delta & Bayelsa State Governors and MOS (Gas) for the India-Africa Summit in April 2008.

President Muhammadu Buhari

October 26-30, 2015 for the Third India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi


Indian Dignitary to Nigeria


Period and Event

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru

23-27September, 1962

Prime Minister AtalBihari Vajpayee

To attend Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit, Abuja December 2003.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

October 14-16, 2007


Details of Bilateral Ministerial and Official Visits

From India during 2010-2016


Ministerial Level Visits

ShriAnand Sharma, Minister - Commerce & Industry

January 14-16, 2010 – to inaugurate ‘Namaskar India’ in Lagos.

Minister of Petroleum & Gas

January 25-26, 2010 - visited Abuja along with heads of major public sector oil and gas companies.

Smt. D. Purandeswari,
MOS - Human Resource

June 20-25, 2010 - accompanied by 3-member delegation to attend the Eighth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting in Abuja.

Shri Salman Khurshid,
MOS (IC) for Corporate Affairs
and Minority Affairs

30 September-2 October, 2010 - visited Abuja representing India at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Nigeria’s Independence.

Shri Salman Khurshid,
Minister of Water Resources

May 29, 2011 - visited Abuja representing Hon’ble PM at the swearing in ceremony of President Goodluk Jonathan.

Shri R.P.N. Singh,
MOS Petroleum &Natural Gas

May 6-7, 2011 - visited Abuja as Special Envoy of PM to extend invitation for IAFS-II to Hon’ble President GoodluckEbele Jonathan.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon'ble MoS (IC) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, accompanied by his PS

May 28-29, 2015 - visited Abuja to represent Government of India at the inauguration ceremony of Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and handed over Hon’ble PM’s invitation to IAFS-III personally to President Muhammadu Buhari.


Senior Official Level Visits

Lt Gen SK Singh, Vice Chief of Army Staff

February 26 to March 01,  2013

Mr.SutanuBehuria, Secretary,
Department of Heavy Industry

July 11-14, 2013 - accompanied by Mr. P.K. Uppal, Executive Director, BHEL, visited Abuja, Nigeria to explore cooperation in power sector.

Mrs.SmitaNagaraj, JS,
Ministry of Defence

May 6-9, 2014 accompanied by a 5-member Defence delegation for the 2nd Joint Defence Cooperation Committee meeting.

A 3-member delegation led by Shri Deepak Amitabh, Chairman & MD of M/s. Power Trading Corporation of India (PTC).

July 20-24, 2014 visited Abuja for possible cooperation in power sector.

A-5 member delegation
NDA, Khadakwasla

November 21-23, 2014 - visited Nigeria for Defence Cooperation Exchange Programme.

Lt Gen SK Gadeock, AVSM, Commandant DSSC, Wellington

10-14 December, 2015 to attend DSSC, Wellington Alumni dinner reception for Nigerian Armed Forces Officers

A 3-member senior Naval delegation led by Rear Admiral DhirenVig, Asst Chief of Naval Staff

25-29 January, 2016 visited Nigeria as the outcome of 3rd JDCC, meeting to discuss the modalities of cooperation in areas of mutual interest between navies of the both countries.



Visits from Nigeria


Ministerial Level Visits

Minister of Works of Nigeria

February 27 to March 2 2012 – led a 11-member delegation to study the business model of National Highways Authority of India

S&T Minister of Nigeria

March 1-2, 2012 - led a 4-member delegation for the India-Africa S&T Ministers Conference

Minister of Labour & Productivity

March 1-3, 2012 - led a 3-member delegation for IBSA International Workshop

Finance Minister
Dr. NgoziOkonjo-Iweala

March 28 2012 –unscheduled visit to India to seek support for her candidature for President of World Bank with the leaders of BRICS.

Minister of S&T

September 12-15, 2012 6-member delegation to participate at 3rd Bengaluru Space Expo.

Minister of Agriculture &
Natural Resources

September 24-26, 2012 - to attend 40th Year Celebration of ICRISAT at Hyderabad

Prof (Mrs) Ruqayyatu A. Rufai,
Minister for Education

8-10 November,  2012 – She led a 11-member delegation to attend Ninth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting at New Delhi

Minister of Communication
Technology Mrs. Omabola Johnson

March 19 -21, 2013 - Visited New Delhi/ Kolkata from to attend India Soft-2013. She also had a meeting with her Indian counterpart

Minister of Justice &Attorney General  Mr Mohammed Bello Adoke

September 7-11 2013 - for participating in AALCO Annual Conference in New Delhi

Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment Hon’ble Mr.Olusegun Aganga accompanied by a high-level business delegation.

September 10-13, 2014

Mr.OlusegunObasanjo, former President of Nigeria

November 16-17, 2014 to attend the International Conference organised by the Congress Party to commemorate Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru's 125th birth anniversary

Dr.Enelamah Okechukwu, Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, accompanied by a large delegation

March 14-15, 2016 to attend the 11th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave held in New Delhi.


Senior Official Level Visits

Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba

December 9-13, 2013 – He led a 6-member official delegation to India

20-member delegation comprising 5- from House of Representatives and Chairman House Committee on Banking & Currency;

March 9-11, 2014- 10th CII-Exim Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership

Mrs Sarah Reng Ochekpe, Minister of Water Resources

March 20-22, 2014 – to participate at the Reinvent The Toilet Fair: India 2014 in New Delhi. 

Kano State Governor Hon’ble Mohd Rabiu Kwankwaso and business delegation

April 19-22, 2014 – Visited India at the invitation of M/s. Skipper.

14-member Senate Committee of Senators & Members of House of Representatives at CEC’s invitation.

June 21-26, 2014. Visited India on the invitation of Election Commission of India

A five members Nigerian delegation from Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna

Visited Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala (Kerala) from 07-17 July, 2014

A 10-member delegation from the Nigerian Parliamentary Committee on Museum

August 6-7, 2014.  During the visit they paid visit to Indian Parliamentary Museum and other Museums.

A six members Nigerian delegation from NDA, Kaduna

Visited India from October, 15-21, 2014

A 6-member high-level delegation from National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) under Federal Ministry of Communication Technology

December 9-12, 2014 visited India for possible collaboration with India in IT solutions, skilled manpower development and setting up of Nigeria-India Tech Forum.

A six members delegation led by Air Vice Marshal JC Ifemeje, Commandant Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji

02-04 February, 2015 – visited DSSC, Wellington as reciprocal visit between Staff Colleges of both the countries

Air Vice Marshal A.A. Zannah, the Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Air Force

18-21 February, 2015 accompanied by three members visited India to attend ‘Aero India 2015’ and ‘Make in India in Defence Manufacturing’ exhibitions

A Six member delegation led by Mr David Gende, Director (Joint Services), MoD including Air Vice Marshal EE Agwungwu, Air HQ, Abuja

10-11 August, 2015 – visited India to attend 3rd JDCC meeting held at New Delhi between India & Nigeria

Aminu Bello Mesari, Governor of Katsina State

November 11-13, 2015 at the invitation of M/s. Mahindra & Mahindra in connection with purchase of tractors for his state. 

A 2 member delegation from Nigerian Navy led by Rear Admiral MagajiIdrisDanladi

06-07 Feb 2016, visit India to attend International Fleet Review-2016 at Visakhapatnam and 10-12 Feb 2016 visited Goa, Shipyard.

A 4 Member Nigerian MoD delegation led by Amb. DanjumaNanpon Sheni, Permanent Secretary MoD, and 6 Member Nigerian Army Delegation led by Maj Gen CAT Jemitola

28-31 Mar 2016, visited India to attend Defence – Expo-2016 at Goa.