Buhari scheduled to participate in Russia-Africa summit on Wed

Buhari scheduled to participate in Russia-Africa summit on Wed

President Muhammadu Buhari is to depart Abuja on Monday, October 21, to attend a three-day Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia, between Oct. 23 and Oct. 25.

This was contained in a statement issued by the spokesman for President Buhari, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday.

Shehu revealed the summit would focus on exploring and expanding opportunities in security; trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production.

Buhari will meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to further strengthen relations between Nigeria and Russia.

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It was also stated that the two leaders would hold bilateral talks on security, trade and investment; and building a partnership that would enhance Nigeria’s huge gas potential, following Russia’s remarkable success in gas exportation.

“The summit, which will be attended by African Heads of State, will bring fresh perspectives on some global issues and challenges like nuclear technology, energy development, digital transformation, environment, technical security, mining and steel, education, agriculture, infrastructure and development strategies.

“An African Business Forum, which will bring together African and Russian business leaders, will be held during the event to enhance Russian investments in Africa, and promote African business interest in the host country,’’ he added.

The Presidential aide disclosed that Buhari would be accompanied by Governor Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe state. Also accompanying him would be Governors Bello Matawalle of Zamfara and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

Others on the trip are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo. Also included are Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite and Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

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