NAIJ.com came across a video of Russian president, Vladimir Putin, exchanging banters with a Nigerian student who couldn't believe he was in his presence.
President Putin may have proved himself to be one of the world's 'coolest' presidents with the singular and otherwise random act he pulled while with some young students in Russia recently.
The students had gathered in Sochi, for the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students, when the president made a surprise appearance at the Olympic Park in the Russian Black Sea resort, on October 19, 2017.
A Nigerian student identified as Edostrey, couldn't believe that he was standing in the same space with a president, and Putin did the coolest thing ever - he asked him to pinch him to confirm that he was not dreaming.
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Edostrey who appeared to be awestruck, said: "I'm so overwhelmed. I can't believe I'm standing in front of the Russian president".
Putin then replied saying "Go ahead and pinch me." then went ahead to pinch him, eliciting laughter from the students.
When another student asked the 65-year-old president what he remembers about his youth, he said:
“My youth passed a long time ago, I forgot everything, of course, there are – it's mostly sports events. They are my most vivid memories.”
Even though he turned down their offer to join them in the festival because he had other things scheduled, Putin listened to another student mention their reason for gathering; to create “ideas for a better world”.
The student said "We talk about understanding each other better and how to deal with power, how to make each other accountable", which left Putin jokingly adding "power should be cared for, right?"
The president who reminded reminded them that "We’re doing this for you", later received gifts from students representing countries like Tanzania, Mozambique, Serbia etc.
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