HISTORY OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN KENYA AND NIGERIA

Kenya and Nigeria have enjoyed cordial diplomatic relations since the two countries attained independence at different times in history. Kenya opened its diplomatic Mission in Nigeria in the year 1972. The Mission was then located in Lagos, the former capital city of Nigeria. In 2003, the Government of Kenya (GoK) moved its High Commission to Abuja, after the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) decided to relocate its administrative capital from Lagos. The Kenya High Commission remained in Maitama Area of Abuja before the GoK constructed a Chancery on land that was allocated by the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the present location of the offices.

The Kenya High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, was officially opened on 14th July, 2013 by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta following the completion of the Chancery Building in 2012. The offices are located in the Central Business District along Diplomatic Drive, on part of land, which was allocated by the Nigerian Government for the construction of Diplomatic Missions and Embassies by various governments.

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