Buhari returns to Abuja after Russia-Africa Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after participating in the three-day Russia-Africa summit held in Sochi, Russia.

The presidential aircraft conveying the president and some members of his entourage landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 5:25pm Friday.

While in Sochi, Buhari, on October 23, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where the duo agreed to put Nigeria-Russia relations on a fast track, and pursue the completion of all abandoned projects initiated by both countries.

The two leaders, who made the pledge at a bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the summit, also agreed to start new infrastructural projects and expand trade and investment, security and military cooperation.

“The cooperation will see to the rehabilitation of epileptic oil refineries through establishment of framework for a joint venture between Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and Russia-based leading oil company, Lukoil,” Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said in an earlier statement on Wednesday.

Both NNPC and Lukoil, according to the presidential aide, will work towards the prospect of oil in deep offshore.

Shehu also disclosed that the Russian government had agreed to support development of Nigeria’s rail infrastructure by constructing 1,400 kilometres track from Lagos to the south-south city of Calabar.


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