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President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja today, October 21, for a three-day Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia.

The summit will hold from Oct. 23 and Oct. 25.
A statement by the President’s aide, Garba Shehu, explained that the summit would focus on exploring and expanding opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production.

According to him, Buhari will meet with Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin to further strengthen relations between both countries.

It is expected that the two leaders would hold bilateral talks on trade and investment, security, and building partnership that would enhance Nigeria’s gas potential.

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he statement added: “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.

“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.’’

Accompanying the President on the trip are Governors Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe state, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

Others are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite and Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.