Rajnath Singh, the Indian defence minister, attended Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s oath taking ceremony on Monday on behalf of his country.
In front of thousands of fellow citizens as well as numerous heads of state, Tinubu, 71, took the oath of office as president of Nigeria in Abuja, the country’s capital.
He took over for Muhammadu Buhari.
On March 1, Tinubu, a former governor of the nation’s commercial centre, Lagos, was named the victor of the presidential election held on February 25.
According to a statement from the defence ministry in New Delhi, “India was among the select non-African nations that were represented in the swearing-in ceremony’ at the ministerial level, reflecting the high priority and strength of our bilateral relations with Nigeria.”
The three-day tour by Singh, who is the first Indian defence minister to visit the continent of Africa, began on Sunday.
Singh’s group to Nigeria includes top executives from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Goa Shipyard Limited in addition to senior defence ministry personnel.
These executives met with military and government personnel from Nigeria in order to determine what needs they had that Indian defence businesses could meet.