The President Muhammadu Buhari has eulogized the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, saying history will be kind to him for prioritising the interests of the Russians over his political ambition.

Buhari described Gorbachev, as a courageous reformer who will be remembered for years to come because of his immeasurable contributions to world peace and openness in his own once rigidly closed society.

The President added that Gorbachev advocated for the destruction of nuclear weapons by both the former Soviet Union and the United States during his meeting with Ronald Reagan.

According to report, Gorbachev died on Tuesday in Moscow at the age of 91 years.

Gorbachev, 91, served from 1985 to 1991, helping to transition the US-Soviet relations out of the Cold War.