Nigeria’s Fledgling Friendship with Japan: The Beginning of a ‘Special Partnership’? K WEKU A MPIAH A BSTRACT Since the inauguration of President Olusegun Obasanjo as President of Nigeria Japan’s attitude towards the West African state seems to have been positively transformed. The rela- tionship between the two countries kicked-o ﬀ with panache after the President’s ﬁ rst visit to Tokyo in April 1999 as President elect to renew acquaintances. The two countries are now bound together in a “Special Relationship”, which pro- vides them with a coherent framework for regular and con- structive consultations. The recent developments replace a period of immobilist diplomacy between Tokyo and Abuja especially during when Nigerian domestic politics was infested with military dictatorships. Tokyo’s recent initiatives toward Abuja have to be seen within the context of Japan’s invigorated diplomatic initiatives toward sub-Saharan Africa as manifested through the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. The rela- tionship is also premised on Nigeria’s hegemonic position within the sub-region of West Africa. As a result, Japan has relatively increased its economic assistance to Nigeria in recent years and is seemingly showing signs of interest in the eco- nomic development of Nigeria. On his part, President Obasanjo
African and Asian Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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