Nigeria and Russia have agreed to a military cooperation agreement that will establish a legal framework for the delivery of equipment and army training.
The Nigerian embassy in Moscow announced the deal on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
President Muhammadu Buhari had said he was keen on such a pact with Russia when he met Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Russia-Africa summit in 2019.
Buhari feels that the deal with Russia could help defeat the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast of the country, and rout bandits who have become a daily menace in the northwest.
“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.
The pact has been described by the embassy as a landmark development in bilateral relations between Abuja and Moscow.