Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), Minister of Defence, who is on an official visit to Russia, signed the agreement behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, while the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Dmitry Shugaev, signed on behalf of the Russian Federation.
The ceremony, which came up on August 23, 2021, was witnessed by the Nigerian Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Prof. Abdullahi Y. Shehu; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Auwal Zubairu Gambo; Defence Attaché in the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya; representatives of the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force; senior military officers; and officials of the Nigerian Ministry of Defence.
This agreement ends the earlier agreement between the two countries signed on March 6, 2001.
In a brief communiqué after the ceremony, Ambassador Shehu expressed appreciation to the Russian authorities, emphasizing that Nigeria is not looking for alternatives but complementary and common benefits.
Also, declaring open the 7th International Military-Technical Forum on August 23, 2021, Vladimir Putin, Russian President, said: “Massive mutually beneficial portfolios of contracts for the supply of Russian military goods are concluded on the forum’s sidelines every year.”
He said: “The forum has on display over 28,000 units of modern military arms and equipment ranging from small firearms to artillery, tanks, and military combat aircraft. Our army and navy are being modernized at a fast pace as they receive the latest generation military assets.”
The signing of the agreement is a notable development in bilateral relations between Nigeria and Russia.