President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday, October 21, 2019, depart Abuja to attend a three-day Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia.
Garba Shehu, senior spokesperson to the President Buhari, in a statement to Okay.ng on Sunday, October 20, 2019, disclosed that the summit focuses 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 Vladimir Putin of Russia to further strengthen relations between Nigeria and Russia.
Shehu 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 said.
Shehu added that Buhari would be accompanied by Governors Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe state, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara and 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.