Abuja - Russia has congratulated Nigeria on its 53rd independence anniversary.
The felicitation is contained in a message sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin to President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday.
A statement issued by the Russian Embassy in Abuja quoted Putin as saying: "please accept my sincere congratulation on the occasion of your country’s Independence Day.
"I am confident that the relations between Russia and Nigeria, based on the principle of friendship and mutual respect, will keep on developing actively in all directions.
"I wish you good health, happiness and success, and I wish the people of Nigeria peace and prosperity.’’