According to reports, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has revealed that Russia has promised to supply Nigeria with military hardware and helicopters to battle the Boko Haram militants.
Onyeama disclosed this in Moscow during chat with journalists saying discussions on the matter have reached crucial stage adding that both countries are stepping up their counter-terrorism cooperation.
“Of course terrorism is an area we also want to cooperate with Russia. It is a global challenge, they also face terrorism challenges and we look forward to stepping up our cooperation with Russia in that regard,” he said.
“They have agreed to deliver some military equipment, including helicopters. They are very much in the pipeline.
“Russia has shown great solidarity with us, and we really look forward to a vibrant and very dynamic relationship between our two countries. We face a lot of conflict in Africa and also our country Nigeria, and again we are looking to Russia.
“Russia is showing great solidarity with us in confronting some of our security challenges, especially terrorism, which has now become a global challenge.
“We appreciate very much the importance of working together and sharing intelligence and we are delighted that Russia is on the same page with us.”