Yesterday President Buhari departed Sochi to Nigeria

after a successful Russia-Africa Economic

Summit with other world leaders in Russia.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in Sochi,

Russia on Thursday, promised to stretch his

government’s reach and capacity in protecting

all Nigerians, not minding the distance,

saying, “The life of every Nigerian, in every

part of the world matters.”

“Our government will protect Nigerians at

home, and abroad,” the President told a

gathering of students and professionals in

Sochi, towards the conclusion of his three-day

visit to Russia, where he participated in the

Russia-Africa Summit, which had about 40

Heads of State and governments.

Meanwhile, the President returned to Abuja,

yesterday, after actively participating in the

three-day Russia – Africa Summit in Sochi,


The presidential aircraft conveying the

president and some members of his

entourage landed at the Presidential Wing of

the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport,

Abuja at about 5:25 p.m.

While in Sochi, Buhari, on October 23, met

with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, where

the duo agreed to put Nigeria-Russia relations

on a fast track, and pursue the completion of

all abandoned projects initiated by both


The two leaders, who made the pledge at a

bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the

Summit, also agreed to start new

infrastructural projects and expand trade and

investment, security and military cooperation.

According to a statement made by both

leaders, Nigeria and Russia will work together

to improve efficiency of Nigeria’s oil sector,

“which is the backbone of the economy.”

Buhari, according to a statement signed by

Senior Special Assistant on Media and

Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the Nigeria

Diaspora Commission, headed by Abike

Dabiri-Erewa, was established to ensure a

forward and backward link for all Nigerians

living outside the country by catering for their

safety and needs, and providing a platform for

many who would like to contribute to the

development of the country with their skills,

knowledge and resources.

“Don’t forget your home,’” the President said,

advising all Nigerians living in foreign countries to be law-abiding and work very hard to excel in their studies and chosen careers.

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