Nigeria, Russia agree on military cooperation

Photo credit: Mirrorspectrum
Photo credit: Mirrorspectrum

Nigeria and Russia have agreed on areas of military cooperation, an official has said.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Abba-Ibrahim, also said Nigeria will soon stop the importation of wheat from Russia. .

“We have two agreements on military cooperation which we have negotiated and are likely to be signed very soon.

“They are on technical cooperation, training and purchase of modern military equipment at moderate prices than going into the international market,” she said.

Mrs. Abba-Ibrahim, represented by Baba Garba, Director, European Affairs in the ministry, made the disclosure at the end of the fourth Joint Commission meeting between Russia and Nigeria in Abuja on Friday.

“We import a lot of wheat from Russia and we are telling Russia that this has to stop.

“We want the Russian companies and farmers to come to Nigeria to show us how we can grow our agriculture sector with modern technology,” the minister said.

The Russian delegation was led by Dianov Yurievich, Deputy, Head Russian Delegation in Nigeria.

Mrs. Abba-Ibrahim said the meeting was to foster the existing relationship between the two countries. She noted that Nigeria and Russia had enjoyed cordial relations over time.

“Russia has always been in support of Nigeria at different international fora, it has been in support of Nigeria in the area of fighting terrorism,” she said.

Mrs. Abba-Ibrahim said the meeting considered various areas of cooperation, including solid minerals, atomic energy, trade, power, works and housing, transport, petroleum, communication, water resources, defence, agriculture and health.

She said Russian companies expressed interest in investing in some areas of the Nigerian economy, especially in pursuing the diversification of the economy through mining, agriculture, among others.

Mr. Yurievich lauded the cordial relations between the two countries.

He said that the expert meetings showed that many Russian companies were interested in investing in Nigeria, while Nigerian companies also showed interest in Russia.

(NAN)


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  • Otile

    Mohamed Buhari, be told that you don’t fight hunger with bombs and other dangerous weapons.

    • Rommel

      And do you fight it by stealing your country’s money and buying houses all over the world, if you bomb those causing the hunger,things will improve don’t you think?

      • Otile

        Are you asking Gen Buratai or Buhari who is still keeping him. It will be_foolish of Buhari to buy bombs from Russia and start bombing starving people in Nigeria. You know very well that Buhari’s incompetent leadership is causing the present hunger in the land since this year.

        • Alhaji

          There is no hunger in Nigeria as long as Dambazzoo, Abba Kyari, Buratai, Atiku and the rest of his family are eating free food, spending free money and have free accommodation.

        • Iskacountryman

          dummy…poverty is eradicated when poor people are bombed…you go school so?

        • Rommel

          No,Nigerians are suffering because your god GEJ did not save for the rainy day neither did he invest in anything useful but rather looted the money

  • Okon

    Buhari has not signed any RESEARCH or SCIENTIFIC or INDUSTRIALIZATION pact with any country…what he signs is military pact with Iran, Turkey, US, Britain and now Russia. It gives an insight into the mind of Buhari. African presidents have a real problem – the problem of misguided mumudity. Brainless, unthinking and averse to innovative governance. This blight afflicts them all.

    If you must go into military pact then why not tell the Russians to teach our Engineers how to manufacture anti-aircraft missile guided systems or ballistic missiles or resistant armoured Tanks? Useless brainless people.

  • Olu from South Africa

    Is this kind of pact different from the pact Nigeria has been having with Europeans since 1960? If a Minister or a Govt will still glory in signing a mere pact of enslavement in perpetuity then where lies hope for Nigeria? When will we start to manufacture weapons and sell to other countries? Nigerian soldiers have been training abroad since 1914, it is 102yrs now and we are still depending on foreigners to train our soldiers. Well, this is wat u get when people of low intelligence are in power. Nigeria deserves beter.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    We are evolving. A new page in history. Moving forward. No more dependant, tell them to come here. Very good move. Wailers will not like this. They are disappointed. It is not a bad news they expected. We don’t need to be arrested in South Africa becuase of Ghana must go bag of foreign currency,courtesy orits. We can now dictate with our money. Those who taken us to the cleaners,are the ones wailing without reasons. Baba buhari, your moves are right,carry on.

  • thusspokez

    The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Abba-Ibrahim, also said Nigeria will soon stop the importation of wheat from Russia.

    Meanwhile the Nigerian Vice President invites Russia to invest in agriculture in Nigeria to export to Russia.

  • thusspokez

    “Russia has always been in support of Nigeria at different international fora, it has been in support of Nigeria in the area of fighting terrorism,” she said.

    Mrs. Abba-Ibrahim is talking nonesence! Could Abba-Ibrahim give instance of Russian’s support to Nigeria in fighting terrorism? How often have Nigerians heard Russia condemn terrorist activities in Nigeria — For example, boko haram bombings? This woman is obviously lying to appease the Russians.

  • thusspokez

    Mr. Yurievich lauded the cordial relations between the two countries.

    When Turkey felt that the West was against it — following the recent coup but because of its human right abuse, it started to target countries such as Nigeria to be its best friend. As we see, when the Nigerian government rebuff Turkeys’s rebuff unwanted advances, Turkey, it would seem, took it on Nigerian students in Turkey. Now it is the turn of the pariah Russia to make advances to Nigeria in the hope of drawing Nigeria into its camps of despots.

    The USSR never had any honest nor long lasting relationship with any African country. Russia is the same. It is all a diplomatic game with the West. I hope that Nigeria will pursue its own interest and not find itself in the middle of West vs Putin Russia diplomatic/military game.

    • Sir Demo

      Lies! If not for the heroic commitments if USSR, Cuba and Yugoslavia most Aftica countries will still be colonies today. Pls get your facts right. Yes it is a geopolitical game with the West, but that is the nature of the game! We shd play them against each other like India Pakistan Iran Brazil etc

      • thusspokez

        Lies! If not for the heroic commitments if USSR, Cuba and Yugoslavia most Aftica countries will still be colonies today.

        None of these countries offered much help. Cuba stands out as the one country that had helped Angola give the Apartheid South African army a bloody nose, and exposed the weakness and gross exaggeration of the strength of the apartheid army.

        After WWII, all the colonial powers became economically bankrupt — their countries were in tatters; destroyed, high level of poverty, food rationing etc., — and consequently didn’t have any strength to block demand for independence of their colonies, i.e., they has no choice but to grant their colonies independence.

        Something you wouldn’t know was the part the USA — as the only country with economy might — played in forcing the UK, France others to end colonisation. For example, when in 1956, Egyptian President Gamal Nasser nationalised the Suez Canal Company, British and France send a joint invading force to occupy Egypt. The USA told these countries to turn back their armies or else. They obeyed and the rest is history!

  • Iskacountryman

    you tell someone whose farmers relies on your stupidity to survive that they should change their ways and render their farmers poor….apc…una mumu don do…

  • musa Ayo

    There is no need to ask anybody to come here. These technologies are for sale; simply grant the Nigerian farmers the necessary incentives to buy them and use here. Incentives,such as low interest loan, security to farmer against herds invaders, provision of storage and transport faculties, then price control to enable him remain in the business.

    • AMARA.C

      do not mind them they want free money from coming investors

    • PolyGon2013

      Yep. I concur.

  • Arc_Deji_Alabi

    America blocked Nigeria from buying military equipment from Brazil. Nigeria has no choice than to look elsewhere.
    America with her over sabi will continue to lose allies to Russia

    • thusspokez

      America blocked Nigeria from buying military equipment from Brazil.

      Stop lying to ignorant Nigerians who believe everything they read on the Internet. Provide the evidence or shµt up!

      • Arc_Deji_Alabi

        The burden of proof lies with you. It’s not educating to discredit a news with nothing to back it up.
        I think you are the one to keep shut sir if you can provide evidence or reason why you think otherwise

        • thusspokez

          The burden of proof lies with you.

          What an idiøt you are. You make a claim that you cannot substantiate, and you are asking someone else to (help you) prove your claim?

          • Arc_Deji_Alabi

            Why go into insult. It’s only people that lack superior argument result to insult. You should be better than that.

          • thusspokez

            Why go into insult.

            Why? It is in retaliation for insulting readers’ intelligence.