Indian Prime Minister Modi sends a high-level delegation to Tinubu's inauguration, led by the Defence Minister.

The Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has sent a high-level delegation led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Nigeria's 16th President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu's inauguration.


The Indian High Commision in Nigeria announced on Saturday, May 28 that Singh will arrive in Abuja as a Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Nigerian President on May 28, 2023.

Indian Prime Minister Modi sends high level delegation led by Defense minister to Tinubu
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, the statement adds.

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

“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.”

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