President Muhammadu Buhari promises to inject fresh energy into Russia-Nigeria relations.

President Muhammadu Buhari in Sochi, Russia, said fresh energy will be injected into Nigeria-Russia relations to bolster an age-long relationship that has been mutually rewarding and promising. He also called for a stronger partnership that is humane, inclusive and diversified.

In a statement at the second plenary of the Russia-Africa Summit, where more than 40 leaders are participating, President Muhammadu 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.

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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, 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.


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