President Ram Nath Kovind of India has congratulated the government and people of Nigeria on the occasion of the 61st Independence Anniversary on October 1.
The President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement on Thursday, in Abuja said the Indian president’s congratulatory message was conveyed in a letter addressed to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
In the congratulatory letter, Kovind extended his best wishes to the Nigerian leader as well as the continued prosperity of the country.
‘‘India and Nigeria have warm, friendly and deep-rooted ties. Our multifaceted relations have further been expanded and strengthened by regular and cordial engagements at various levels. India and Nigeria have strong relations. Despite challenges during the pandemic, our economic relations have gained strength.
‘‘Please accept my best wishes for Your Excellency’s good health and well-being as well as for the continued prosperity and progress of the friendly people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ Kovind said.