Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari hopes to sign a military technical
cooperation deal with Russia at talks with President Vladimir Putin this
month that will help it fight Boko Haram militants, Nigeria’s ambassador
in Moscow said on Friday.
The Nigerian leader is due to meet Putin on the sidelines of a
Russia-Africa summit in the Black Sea city of Sochi amid a push by
Moscow to expand its influence in Africa.
“We’re sure that with Russian help we’ll manage to crush Boko Haram,
given Russia’s experience combating Islamic State in Syria,” Nigerian
envoy Steve Ugbah said in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency.
He added that Nigeria was interested in purchasing Russian helicopters,
planes, tanks and other military equipment.
Ugbah said a military technical cooperation deal between Russia and
Nigeria had already been drafted and that it only needed to be
“We hope president Buhari can take the talks to their logical end …
The agreement will open new possibilities in such areas as the supply of
military equipment and training for specialists,” he said.