President Buhari Returns To Abuja After Russia-Africa Economic Summit
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday returned to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, after attending the Russia-Africa Economic Summit in Sochi.

Concise News reports that the presidential aircraft conveying the Nigerian leader and some members of his entourage landed at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 5.25 p.m.

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While in Sochi, President Buhari, on 23 October, met with Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

It was learned that the two leaders agreed to put Nigeria-Russia relations on a fast track, and pursue the completion of all abandoned projects initiated by both countries.

Buhari and his host, 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.

According to a statements made by both leaders, Nigeria and Russia will work together to improve efficiency of Nigeria’s oil sector, “which is the backbone of the economy.”

“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,’’ spokesman for Buhari Garba Shehu said in an earlier statement on Wednesday.

According to Shehu, NNPC and Lukoil will work towards the prospect of oil in deep offshore.

“The issue of uncompleted and abandoned Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill was presented by President Buhari,” he said.

“His request for the return of Russia, on a government-to-government relationship, for completion and commissioning of the plant was accepted by President Putin.”

President Buhari, he said, also called for a stronger partnership that is humane, inclusive and diversified.