An agreement between Nigeria and Russia on Wednesday, according to the Nigerian embassy in Moscow, set out legal frameworks for the supply and training of equipment and troops.
As far back as 2019, when he met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a Russia-Africa summit, President Buhari expressed interest in such a pact.
Buhari’s ambassador to Russia at the time said he believed Russia could help defeat the insurgency in the northeast of the country, which remains a major problem.
A statement released by the Nigerian embassy said the agreement is a framework for training personnel in respective educational establishments, transferring technology, and providing after-sale services.
The pact was described as a landmark development in bilateral relations between Abuja and Moscow.
Besides western military equipment such as American fighter jets and helicopters, Nigeria already uses some Russian fighter jets and helicopters.
Over concerns that the Nigerian government may commit human rights abuses, U.S. lawmakers put a hold on a $1 billion tender for weapons to Nigeria in July, Shauntv reported.
Sources familiar with the matter said at the time that the proposed sale of 12 attack helicopters and related equipment was being delayed in both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.