President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Sochi, Russia, to attend the Russia-Africa Economic Forum.
Concise News understands that the forum holds from October 23 to October 25.
It was learned that the presidential aircraft conveying the president and some members of his entourage landed at Sochi International Airport at about 11.25 p.m (Local Time) with the temperature out at 22 degrees centigrade.
The Nigerian leader was received by the Mayor of Sochi, Anatoly Pakhomov, and some Russian government officials.
While in Sochi, Buhari will participate in the Russia-Africa Summit, focusing on exploring and expanding opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production.
According to the presidency, the president would also meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to further strengthen relations between Nigeria and Russia.
The two leaders would hold bilateral talks on security, trade and investment, and building partnership aimed at enhancing Nigeria’s huge gas potential.
“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,” Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu had stated Sunday.
“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.”
Buhari traveled with Governors Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, as well as ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo.
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, also traveled with the Nigerian leader.