Buhari departs Abuja for Russia

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday departed Abuja for Sochi, Russia, to attend a three-day Russia-Africa Summit holding from October 23  to  25, the  News Agency of Nigeria reports.

According to NAN,   before leaving the Presidential Villa for onward journey to Sochi,  Buhari carried out some official engagements where he was briefed by some cabinet ministers.

NAN reports that the presidential aircraft conveying the President and his entourage took off from the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja  about 2.15pm.

An earlier statement by the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu,  on Sunday said the summit would focus on exploring and expanding opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production.

During the summit, according to the statement, Buhari will meet with President Vladimir Putin  to further strengthen relations between Nigeria and Russia.

Shehu said  the two leaders would hold bilateral talks on security, trade and investment, and building partnership that would enhance Nigeria’s huge gas potential following Russia’s remarkable success in gas exportation.
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