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Nigeria, India restate commitment to economic, political relations

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja
24 August 2022   |   4:04 am
President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria and India must continue to build on longstanding diplomatic relations between them to the benefit citizens of both countries.

Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria, Ibrahim Gambari (right); Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; President Muhammadu Buhari; Indian Minister of State for External and Parliamentary Affairs, Vellamvelly Muraleedharan; Joint Secretary (C&WA), Sevala Naik Mude and others during an audience with the Indian Delegation at the State House, Abuja…yesterday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria and India must continue to build on longstanding diplomatic relations between them to the benefit citizens of both countries.

Buhari spoke, yesterday, when he hosted the Indian Minister of State for External and Parliamentary Affairs, Vellamvelly Muraleedharan, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He recalled his military training days in India and the fact that Indians established the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA).

The President also reassessed relationship between both countries, noting that economic and political ties are very strong.

Muraleedharan, who is in Nigeria to take part in the Nigeria-India Business Council, described Nigeria as “centre of our engagement with Africa.”

Conveying greetings from the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, he said Nigeria and India have robust relations in business, defense, education and other areas.

He added that India, as the largest democracy in the world, is willing to partner with Nigeria towards successful general elections in 2023.