To battle Boko Haram, Buhari turns to Russia

President Muhammadu Buhari looks for much-needed military support from Russian President Vladimir Putin to battle the resurgent North-East Boko Haram terrorists.

Citing a statement on the RIA news agency of the Kremlin, Reuters said that before the end of October, PMB would sign a Military Technical Cooperation Agreement with the Eastern European State in Sochi, Russia.

Nigeria’s Russian ambassador, Stephen Ogbah, said, “We’re sure we’ll be able to defeat Boko Haram with Russian support because of his experience fighting against the Islamic State in Syria.”

In 2018, the Buhari administration paid $496 million to buy two U.S. Tucano aircraft, which it said would be delivered in 2020.

Nigeria is interested in buying Russian helicopters, aircraft, tanks and other military equipment, according to Ogbah, adding that a draft version of the contract had already been finalized.

He said, “We hope that President Buhari will be able to bring the talks to a logical conclusion. The deal would open up new possibilities to experts in fields such as the procurement of combat equipment and training.