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President Buhari leaves for Sochi, to attend First Russia-Africa Summit

Anietie Udobit, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday afternoon left Abuja for Sochi, Russia, ahead of the Russia-Africa Summit.

In the official Nigeria Presidency twitter, it reads “In Russia, he will meet with President Putin, and also attend an African Business Forum, which will bring together African and Russian business leaders”. 

The event will hold from October 23 to 25 with a focus on exploring and expanding opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production.

During the summit, President Buhari will meet with President Putin to further strengthen relations in security, trade and investment, and building partnerships that will enhance Nigeria’s huge gas potential, following Russia’s success in gas exportation.

The summit will bring fresh perspectives on 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.

The Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum will take place in Sochi at the Sirius Park of Science and Art. The events are being organized by the Roscongress Foundation, in partnership with Russian Export Center and Afreximbank. It will be jointly chaired by the Russian President and the Egyptian President.

President Buhari will be accompanied by Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

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