President Muhammadu Buhari spoke of a growing trade partnership between Nigeria and India. He stated that India had lately become the country’s biggest trade partner, especially in crude oil sales.
Buhari who was speaking at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he received Letters of Credence from the High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, Mr. Abhay Thakur.
The President noted that the two countries are very close. He also said that India has helped Nigeria in many ways, and we are very grateful. He also recalled his days at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India, in 1973, saying that both countries had worked closely for decades.
He added that he wants India to maintain the standard we have attained, and improve on it.
Mr. Thakur promised that his country would stand with Nigeria, shoulder to shoulder in all areas of mutual interest, including security.
He also said efforts would be made to address issues such as reducing double taxation and attracting more Foreign Direct Investments, actualizing Nigerian airline, Air Peace’s dream of two weekly flights to Bombay and opening up the visa regime more.