President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The two African leaders immediately went into a closed-door meeting before addressing a conference at the State House. The meeting came amid increasing cases of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, and it is expected that the two Presidents will discuss a wide range of bilateral, continental and global issues of common concern. Peace, stability and continental integration will feature prominently in their discussions.

Ramaphosa who’s currently in Nigeria on a working visit became the fifth President of South Africa in February 2018 following the resignation of Jacob Zuma. The 65-year-old SA politician will also participate in the 2018 Annual Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebrations of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) at the invitation of President Buhari.

According to the Presidency of South Africa, there are over 120 South African companies currently doing business in Nigeria in various sectors, mainly in telecommunications, banking, retail, hospitality, mining, tourism, agriculture and construction and tourism. Ramaphosa is accompanied on the working visit to Nigeria by South Africa Ministers of Defence & Military Veterans, Energy, Police and Deputy Minister of Trade & Industry.

Photo Credit: Bayo Omoboriowo

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