President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Russia for a three-day inaugural Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, which is able to concentrate on peace, safety, and improvement.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed in an announcement that the President’s aircraft touched the tarmac of the Sochi International Airport at 11.25pm on Monday.
He added that President Buhari was obtained by the Mayor of the City of Sochi, Anatoliy Nikolayevich Pakhomov, and different state officers.
The Economic Forum and Summit will maintain on Wednesday and Thursday with 4 plenary classes that might be attended by over 30 African Heads of State and governments.
According to Shehu, these leaders have confirmed participation, together with the Chairman of the African Union and President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
The summit might be co-chaired by President Vladimir Putin, who will current a keynote deal with on the opening on Wednesday, and the African Union Chairman.
The President’s spokesman mentioned his principal and the Russian chief would meet at Nigeria and Russian bilateral assembly on Wednesday, whereas President Buhari would make an announcement on the summit on Thursday.
Other contributors on the summit that can showcase Russian curiosity and funding potential in Africa embody businessmen, specialists, buyers, leaders of main sub-regional associations and organisations.
An African Business Forum, which is able to convey collectively African and Russian enterprise leaders, might be held in the course of the occasion to reinforce Russian investments in Africa, and promote African enterprise curiosity within the host nation.
About 250 Nigerian enterprise pursuits might be taking part within the discussion board.
Shehu mentioned, “It is vital that this assembly is happening right now. All the massive economies are choosing a stronger curiosity in Africa.
“We now have US-Africa Summit, India-Africa Summit, China-Africa Summit, and Japan-Africa Summit, so Russia has signified its interest for political, cultural and economic partnership.”
“Nigeria has had a wonderful relationship with Russia over time. We is not going to overlook how the nation assisted us in holding Nigeria as one in the course of the civil struggle when a few of our conventional allies abandoned us.
“They have also stood behind us in the fight against terrorism, Boko Haram and ISWA, and Russia has demonstrated its capacity in gas production, a resource which Nigeria has a huge potential of utilising,” he added.
The presidential aide mentioned the summit would look into problems with sustainable power, mines and metal, infrastructure improvement in Africa, nuclear power and commerce and funding.
On safety, he mentioned the assembly would give you proposals for a safety structure that may be closely pushed by new expertise.
President Buhari was accompanied by Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.
Ministers on the journey embody Geoffrey Onyeama (Foreign Affairs), Adeniyi Adebayo (Trade and Investment), Olamilekan Adegbite (Mines and Steel Development), and Timipre Sylva (Minister of State, Petroleum).