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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari claimed on Thursday that his country was ready to fill a natural gas supply gap in Europe recently left by Russia amid its war with Ukraine, the Nigerian online newspaper Daily Trust reported.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria is ready to fill the natural gas gaps in Europe predicated by the current Russian-Ukrainian war,” the Daily Trust reported on June 30.

Buhari made the remarks during a speech on Thursday concerning “areas of cooperation between Nigeria and Portugal” at the Presidential Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, according to the Nigerian news outlet Channels TV. The Nigerian leader is visiting Lisbon this week at the invitation of Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

“On oil and gas, President Buhari said with the current Russian-Ukraine war, increased cooperation in oil and gas between the two countries [Nigeria and Portugal] has become vital to avoid crisis in the demand and supply chain, even as Nigeria is already a major supplier of gas to Portugal,” Channels TV reported.

Nigeria supplies 70 percent of Portugal’s energy imports, according to Nigerian National Petroleum Company CEO Mele Kyari.

“Nigeria has sold more than $1 billion of natural gas to Portugal this year,” Kyari, who runs the Nigerian state-owned petroleum company, wrote on his Facebook page on July 1 as reported by Dow Jones Newswires.

The news outlet detailed Nigeria’s recent efforts to expand its European natural gas exports beyond Portugal, writing:

Nigeria has proven gas reserves of 208.62 trillion cubic feet as of Jan. 1. It is on track to increase the reserves volume to 220 tcf in less than 10 years and 250 tcf thereafter, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission said.

Gbenga Komolafe, NUPRC chief executive, said “the commission is taking steps to develop and expand Nigeria’s huge gas resources as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has disrupted global gas demand-supply chain.”

Five European Union ambassadors in April visited the NNPC Ltd. in Abuja and stressed Europe was interested in strengthening cooperation with Nigeria, particularly for increased supplies of liquefied natural gas.

Nigeria is an energy-rich nation that contains Africa’s second-largest crude oil reserves after Libya. Like many geographic regions with abundant crude oil reserves, Nigeria also boasts of associated natural gas deposits. Nigeria was Africa’s top crude oil producer in 2021 and is currently a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

In spite of its access to immense natural wealth, Nigeria’s federal government regularly fails to provide sufficient fuel to its own people. The nation has suffered from widespread blackouts due to regular failures of its state grid for years and experienced power outages across major cities — including the federal capital of Abuja — as recently as mid-June.

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Zelensky says Ukrainian forces will target Russian soldiers firing from nuclear plant

Ukrainian forces will start targeting Russian soldiers who fire from the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, according to an announcement by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In a video address, Zelensky repeated his accusations that Russia is using the ZNPP as "nuclear blackmail" against Europe and claimed once again that invading Russian forces are firing at their own positions in and around the plant. He added a new threat to Russian soldiers operating in the nuclear facility, saying they will now be targeted by Ukrainian forces.

FILE - A Russian serviceman guards an area of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in territory under Russian military control, southeastern Ukraine, May 1, 2022. Russia and Ukraine have trade blame over shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe's largest. This photo was taken during a trip organized by the Russian Ministry of Defense. (AP Photo, File) AP

"Every Russian military officer who either shoots at the plant, or shoots under cover of the plant, must understand that he becomes a special target for our intelligence, for our special services, for our army," he warned.

The Zelensky regime is carrying out nuclear blackmail by shelling the Zaporozhya nuclear power plant — and then they are blaming the Russians, claiming that THEY are the ones committing nuclear blackmail!

And the West uncritically accepts

— Gonzalo Lira (@GonzaloLira1968) August 14, 2022

Ukraine has fervently denied recently attacking the plant, accusing Russian forces of staging the attacks themselves. Strikes by kamikaze drones were reported by Russian officials in July.

Russia is accused by Ukraine of turning the ZNPP into a military base, using the threat of a nuclear disaster to shield its forces. Petro Kotin, the head of Energoatom, told the BBC that 500 Russians are stationed at the base with rocket launchers that fire at Ukrainian positions from the plant. The BBC reported that it could not independently verify the claims.

Ukraine and Russia have traded blame over the shelling of the nuclear plant, something the International Atomic Energy Agency warned has caused a "very real risk of a nuclear disaster." Vladimir Rogov, a council member for Russia's Civil-Military Administration in the Zaporizhzhia region, claimed on his Telegram channel almost daily attacks on the plant for the past week. He announced a recent attack with the title, "Energodar's terror from UkroReich or 'They fired at themselves,'" with Energodar being the city attached to the plant. The council member claims that the attacks on the plant all come from the Ukrainians.

IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi said the plant remained in good condition late last week.


“Based on the most recent information provided by Ukraine, IAEA experts have preliminary assessed that there is no immediate threat to nuclear safety as a result of the shelling or other recent military actions. However, this could change at any moment,” he told the United Nations Security Council. “I ask that both sides of this armed conflict cooperate with the IAEA and allow for a mission to the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant as soon as possible. Time is of the essence.”

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