Buhari leaves for Sochi

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President Muhammadu Buhari will today, Monday depart Abuja to attend a three-day Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the event, billed to take place on October 23-25, will focus on exploration and expansion of opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production between Russia and Africa.

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It also stated that during the summit, president Buhari would meet with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, to further strengthen relations between Russia and Nigeria on issues bordering on security, trade and investment.

Addng that the meeting would aim at building partnership meant to enhance Nigeria’s huge gas potential, following Russia’s remarkable success in gas exportation.

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The summit will be attended by African heads of states, and will bring fresh perspectives on some global issues and challenges such as nuclear technology, energy development, digital transformation, environment, technical security, mining and steel, education, agriculture, infrastructure and development strategies.

Shehu noted that an African Business Forum, conceived to bring together African and Russian business leaders, would be held during the event to enhance Russian investments in Africa, and also promote African business interest in the host country.

Buhari would be accompanied by Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, and Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

And the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo.

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