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Buhari Seeks Russia's Assistance To Combat Boko Haram

Jayfred Ugo

Jayfred Ugo

After describing them as "mere bandits", President Muhammadu Buhari has now sought military assistance from the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

The Nigerian army needs as much military support as they can get to combat the resurgent Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East.

According to reports, President Buhari will sign a Military-Technical Cooperation deal with the eastern European state in the Russian town of Sochi before the end of October.

Nigeria's ambassador in Russia, Stephen Ogbah, made this known to newsmen in Russia.

"We're sure that with Russian help we'll manage to crush Boko Haram given its experience combating Islamic state in Syria," he stated.

"The Buhari administration had in 2018 paid $496m for the purchase of two Tucano jets from the United States, which would be delivered in 2020. Nigeria is also interested in buying Russian helicopters, planes, tanks and other military equipment, the draft version of the deal has already been finalised.

"We hope President Buhari can take the talks to their logical end. The agreement will open new possibilities in such areas as the supply of military equipment and training for specialists."