Abuja: India rejoices at the success of
democracy in Nigeria and is ready to cooperate with the
oil-rich African country to help it in realising its goals,
Minister of Water Resources and Minority Affairs Salman
Khurshid has said.
After attending the swearing in ceremony of Nigerian
President Goodluck Jonathan, Khurshid said that democracy has
taken firm root in Nigeria.
"India, world`s largest democracy, rejoices at this
success of our Nigerian friends. He also wished Nigeria all
success in far-reaching national transformation under the
sagacious leadership of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan." Kurshid said
in a statement.
India is ready to cooperate in several areas to help
the president realise all the goals he set for himself and
Nigeria in his inaugural speech, Kurshid said.
Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in for full a four-year
term on Sunday as Nigerian President after winning an election
regarded as the fairest amongst the four held since the
oil-rich country returned to democracy in 1999.
This is the second time he has has been sworn into
office in just over a year. Jonathan first took office on May
6, 2010 after the death of President Umaru Musa Yar`Adua to
whom he was deputy.
This is Khurshid`s second visit to Nigeria within one
year. He had also participated in the Golden Jubilee
celebrations of Nigeria`s Independence in October last year.