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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Insurgency: Nigeria, Russia Sign Military Pact To Combat Boko Haram

 President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed interest in such a pact with Russia as far back as 2019 when he met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a Russia-Africa summit.

Buhari and Putin

President Muhammadu Buhari and  Vladimir Putin

To tackle insurgenct, Nigeria and Russia have signed a military pact, providing a legal framework for the supply of equipment and the training of troops.





President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed interest in such a pact with Russia as far back as 2019, when he met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a Russia-Africa summit.

The Nigerian ambassador to Russia at the time said Buhari felt Russia could help defeat the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency in the northeast of the country, which remains a major problem.

“The Agreement on Military-Technical Cooperation between both countries provides a legal framework for the supply of military equipment, provision of after sales services, training of personnel in respective educational establishments and technology transfer, among others,”
 the Nigerian embassy said in a statement.

It described the pact as a landmark development in bilateral relations between Abuja and Moscow.

Nigeria already uses some Russian fighter jets and helicopters, alongside military equipment purchased from Western powers such as the United States.

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