India’s Vice President, Mr Mohammed Ansari has expressed his country’s admiration for Nigeria’s leading role in Africa, adding that the two countries will continue to collaborate to enhance global peace and security.
He made the remark during a State Dinner in his honour at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“My visit underscores our key desire to deepen the bilateral strategic engagement and to ensure flow of ideas and people to people contacts within our two countries. We are committed to work together for the maintenance of global peace and security, United Nations reforms, fight against terrorism and addressing the problems of climate change and promoting green technologies,” Mr Ansari stated.
Similarly, he said the future is bright for both countries that he described as the largest democracies in Africa and Asia.
“India and Nigeria have much to share and benefit from each other. We are natural partners. India being the largest democracy in the world and Nigeria being the largest democracy in Africa, we are committed to sustaining good governance in countries and fostering the ideals of equitable representation and democratization of International institutions,” he pledged.
Speaking at the event, Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo said Nigeria and India have a bright future in bilateral relations.
Professor Osinbajo expressed confidence that the governments of the two countries would build on the gains recorded so far in dealing with one another.
Addressing guests at the event, Professor Osinbajo said the visit by the Indian Vice President came at the right time when the relationship between the two countries was soaring.
“The visit comes at probably one of the best points in the long brotherly relationship between our countries people to people interaction is at its highest, trade relations has increased and our defence collaboration has also proved stronger,” Professor Osinbajo said.
The Vice President noted that the future is bright and new opportunities abound for the development of the relationship between Nigeria and India, as he commended India for the commitment it made during the India Africa Summit.
“Clearly ours is a brotherhood that is not only strong but has stood the test of time. The future of Nigeria-India relations is very bright indeed. The challenges we face in international terrorism, giving hope and opportunity to a restless evergreen number of young people and sustainable development are clearly not insurmountable.
India has shown a remarkable commitment to cooperatively confronting these challenges. The India-Africa Forum in October 2015 where India announced a $10 billion concessional line of credit to African States over a ten year period is a commendable demonstration of this commitment,” he said.