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Of India and Nigeria: Strange developments

By Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth
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Mukesh Ambani is Indias richest man he was born on April 19 1957 whereas Aliko Dangote is Nigerias Richest man born April 10 1957.

Dangote is Africas Richest man and Ambani has been tipped by FORBES magazine to become the richest man in the world by 2014,currently second richest in Asia.

The Indian Politician , Vinay Katiyar and the Nigerian politician Tunde Bakare were both born on November 11 1954. Katiyar served as Vice president BJ Party

for the State of Uttar Pradesh population 188 milion whereasTunde Bakare served as Vice presidential candidate of the CPC (Congress for progressive change) Nigeria with Population of 167 million.

There are other strange developments between India and Nigeria especially as it concerns Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), Hindu Nationalist and Bola Ige (1930-2001), Yoruba Nationalist.

Gandhi and Ige both studied Law at the University College London.

Gandhi and Ige were both imprisoned for their struggles on the Democratic front.

Gandhi and Ige have both been described as having caustic tongues.

Gandhi was a mystic and relatedly Bola Ige a Rosicrucian.

Gandhi and Ige were both assasinated in their 70s. Gandhi in New Delhi the political capital of India and Bola Ige in Ibadan the Political Capital of the Yoruba Nation.

Gandhi had as his right hand man, Pandit Nehru. Twenty years younger than Gandhi, Nehru studied Geology,physics,Chemistry and Botany and eventually Law.

Comparably Ige had as his special asssitant,Olu Agunloye,18 years younger than Ige he studied Geo Physics.

Bola Ige is particularly interesting for the passion he has shown for India, Gandhi and Nehru, In his Autobiography, Kaduna Boy, he revealed that the first country he visited outside Nigeria was India.He also disclosed that he had read virtually everything Gandhi and Nehru ever wrote.

Ige also informed that when Nehru became Prime minister in 1947, He "was as happy as if he was an Indian"and when Gandhi was assasinated in 1948 he had

"Three days of excruciating mental agony and moodiness"

India is the Worlds largest Democracy and Nigeria the largest Democracy in Africa. India and Nigeria both have Histories of Slavery,Colonialism by the British, a

ethno-religious conflicts. Nepotism in politics and Crippling Corruption.

For instance , Indias Top Sports Administrator,Suresh Kamaldi and chairman of the Commonwealth games was charged with Corruption wheares ex Chairman of the

all African Games,the Nigerian Amos Adamu,Nigerias Top sports Administrator was Charged with Corruption in relation to the hosting of the World Cup.

Indians are known in Nigeria for fake drugs and Nigerians are known in India for hard drugs.

70% of Nigerians live in Poverty and 30 % percent of Indians live in Poverty. In both countries we have exptreme riches and extreme poverty.

Indians are known for fake drugs in Nigeria and Nigerians are known for hard drugs in India.

Gandhi, father of Indian independence was born October 2 1869 and Nigerian date of Independence is October 1 1960

There is the Gandian Movement there is as well the Bola Ige movement.

India has the disputed territory Kasmir, Nigeria had the disputed territory Bakassi.

The Economist, Dr.Manmohan Singh served as Indias minister of Finance, now Prime Minister, attended Oxford, oldest University in Britain and was Governor of the

Reserve Bank of India Whereas the Economist, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala is Nigeria"s Minister of Finance, tipped as a potential Nigerian President,Served as Managing Director of the world Bank, attended Harvard university,Oldest University in the United states.

In colonial Nigeria it is said the Students had a protest song that read in part "After India comes Nigeria"

70% are living in Poverty in Nigeria and 30 % in poverty in India.

Can Nigeria recreate the Miracles of India in such areas as IT, Medicine, Pharmaceuticals and small scale industries?

By Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth, London, England

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