Nigeria looks to Russia to help end its dependence on the West – entrepreneur

Resource-rich West African country can learn from Moscow in creating sustainable wealth, says David Okpatuma

Nigeria wants to improve relations and deepen cooperation with its main trading partner, Russia, David Okpatuma, entrepreneur and co-founder of the DevCA initiative, told RT at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

Okpatuma explained that he would like to see an expansion of the borders, as well as “shifting the focus from a bipolar to a multipolar world, where each country is able to harness its own resources…and develop before seeking external collaborations and support.”

“My mission to come here is basically to ensure that the relations between Russia, Africa and the other countries participating in the forum are strengthened and that we have a more collaborative development, setting new trajectories on a global scale. .” 

The businessman noted that Nigeria has natural resources similar to those of Russia, saying: “We can learn from Moscow in the development aspects. We have seen how Russia is able to develop its [resources] and create more sustainable wealth for its inhabitants.

He added: “We want to make sure that we can improve our GDP, that we are sustainable, that we are not co-dependent on the West or other countries when it comes to creating improved livelihoods for our people and we ensure that we build a better friendship. [with Russia] as we grow.

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