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Modi Sends Indian Defence Minister As Head of Delegation to Tinubu’s Inauguration

The statement said the visit of Rajnath Singh signifies India’s commitment to strengthening ties with Nigeria.

Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi

has sent a high level delegation led by the Defence Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh to the inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria’s 16th President.

A statement on Saturday by the Indian High Commission in Nigeria, disclosed that Singh arrives in Abuja, on 28 May 2023 (today) as a Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Nigeria’s President.

According to the statement, the visit of Mr. Rajnath Singh reflects the growing bilateral relations between India and Nigeria and signifies India’s commitment to strengthening ties with Nigeria.

Mr. Singh is accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising senior officials from the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of External Affairs of India. Mr. Singh is the senior most Minister in Government of India.

The statement insisted that sending such a senior Minister to Nigeria as a Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India reflects India’s commitment to the deep-rooted bilateral relations with Nigeria.

The statement revealed that during his stay in Abuja, Mr. Singh is scheduled to attend the inauguration ceremony, and convey warm wishes and felicitations from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the President-elect, adding that: “It is significant that given special relations with Nigeria, the Government of India has invited Nigeria as a guest county to participate in all the G20 meetings during her G20 Presidency in 2023. Minister Singh is expected to have a special message to the  President-elect of Nigeria regarding the G20. The G20 summit, 2023 will be held in New Delhi on 9-10 Sep 2023 with the Heads of States of the member countries & Invited guest Countries.

The statement also said that: “As India continues to enhance its engagements in Africa, the visit of Defence Minister Singh to Abuja marks a significant step in deepening the bilateral relationship between India and Nigeria, setting the stage for a new chapter of cooperation and partnership between the two nations.”

Michael Olugbode in Abuja

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