Buhari extremely happy with successful Russia trip

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Rwanda's Kagame and Putin at the opening session of Russia-Africa Summit (Twitter/NGRPresident)

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria from his four-day visit to the Russian Republic extremely happy with the success of the visit.

The outcome of the visit is the best response to a few skeptical audiences back home, including a toxic newspaper editorial, Buhari, Stay On Your Job, by the Lagos-based Punch Newspaper asking him to not travel.

The presidential aide, however, stated that based upon the results of the visit, it must be concluded that the Presidents mission was fully accomplished.

President Muhammadu Buhari meets with Leaders of Nigerian Community in Russia during the Russia-Africa Economic Summit in Sochi, Russia. [Twitter/@NigeriaGov]

He noted that the definite high point was the decision by the Russians to agree to a government-to-government understanding that would see them return to complete the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill and commission it.

He lamented that Nigeria had expended well over five billion dollars without it coming to fruition.

When he (Buhari) campaigned early in the year for his re-election, which he won with a majority of four million votes, marking a difference of 14 per cent against his closest rival, President Buhari reiterated an earlier promise to complete Ajaokuta to provide jobs and the steel backbone that the nations industrial complex needed so desperately.

Could this have been achieved if he had locked himself inside the Aso Rock Villa? The answer is obviously a no.

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