President Buhari said the initial warmth and
harmony enjoyed with the former USSR after Nigeria’s independence in 1960
should be revitalized so that citizens of both countries can benefit from
socio-cultural, educational, technological and trade exchange. He also called
for a stronger partnership that is humane, inclusive and diversified.
The Russia-Africa Summit is
co-chaired by President Vladimir Putin of Russia and African Union Chairman and
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Buhari, in a statement by the Senior Special
Assistant on Media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Nigeria’s relations
with Russia just like the rest of Africa began during the Soviet era when
diplomatic relations was first established in 1960. That relationship covered
areas such as education, healthcare, solid minerals development and military
assistance especially during Nigeria’s civil war.
More recently, our partnership has extended to
the oil and gas sector as well as military and technical assistance in support
of our fight against Boko Haram insurgency. At this juncture, I would once
again like to thank His Excellency, President Putin for his support especially
in the area of security.