Ramaphosa welcomes Nigerian President to Mzansi

By Doug Mattushek - 03 October 2019Views : 739

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in South Africa on Wednesday night for a state visit.

"The visit will be used to improve trade relations, enhance cultural relations, and people-to-people relations between the two countries." tweeted the SA Government.

Buhari was met by Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor at the Waterkloof Airforce Base near Pretoria and given a red carpet welcome.

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While the three-day visit was planned before the recent wave of xenophobic attacks - where 13 people were killed during raids on foreign-owned shops - Buhari will use the visit to discuss the "welfare of Nigerians and find common grounds for building harmonious relations with their hosts", according to the Nigerian Presidency.

On Thursday, Buhari was given a Guard of Honour at the Union Buildings before sitting down with President Cyril Ramaphosa.