High Commission of India in Abuja on Tuesday celebrated it Constitution Day to commemorate the adoption of the country’s constitution which was done on Nov. 26, 1949.
Speaking on the occasion, Justice Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation said that India and Nigeria shared a lot of values and relationship.
Malami, who was represented by Mrs Antoinette Oche-Obe, Director of International Cooperation, Ministry of Justice said that today’s Constitution Day celebration was important to India because “they are the world’s largest democracy”.
“India and Nigeria have warm and friendly relations. India is the largest democracy in the world while Nigeria is the largest democracy in Africa and both are members of the Commonwealth, colonised by the British.
“It is good to mention that both India and Nigeria are signatories to the Universal Declaration of Human Right’s.
“India and Nigeria have robust bilateral relations from time immemorial.
“That relation has continued to blossom with the recent initiation of agreement on extradition and other agreements on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and the transfer of sentenced persons waiting to be negotiated,” she said.
Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Founder of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) said that India had been a role model to the world in the area of constitution, democracy, and non-alliance.
He said that India had ligitimised nationalism with self-freedom and determination, adding that the country was the first to gain independence.
“India has been a role model. Being a role model is not an easy thing.
“No nation is perfect, democracy is a continuous challenge, it is work in progress.
“As a role model a certain standard has to be established and followed because India is a role model to many of us in the developing world and at independence.
“You are the first in 1947 to get independent and you have sustained that.
“Secondly, you have legitimised nationalism in self-freedom and determination which other African countries followed,” he added.
He said that Nigeria could also be a role model in Africa and in the world.