Photos: South Africa’s President Ramaphosa visits Nigeria

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Brotherly handshake: President Buhari and President Cyril Ramaphosa in Abuja on Wednesday. Photo by Sunday Aghaeze

By Ismaila Chafe

President Muhammadu Buhari has received his South Africa counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, who arrived the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Wednesday for bilateral talks. It was his first visit since he became the president  on 18 December, 2017, in succession to Jacob Zuma.

The fifth South African leader has a long history of relations with Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Buhari received the visiting South African leader at the fore court of the Aso Rock at about 3 p.m.

NAN gathered that the two presidents would discuss issues of mutual interest to both Nigeria and South Africa particularly security and economic matters.

The Presidency on July 8 raised alarm over the increasing killing of Nigerian citizens in South Africa for flimsy reasons.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had expressed displeasure over the killings.

Dabiri-Erewa, who was reacting to the latest killing of a Nigerian citizen, Mr Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence, in South Africa on July 6, said no fewer than 117 Nigerians were extra-judicially killed in South Africa between 2016 and 2018.

NAN also observed that MTN, a South African based telecoms company, is currently facing challenges from Nigeria’s labour union, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Ramaphosa, who is on official visit to Nigeria, would be a Special Guest at the ongoing 25th General Meeting of the African-Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Abuja.

Photos by Sunday Aghaeze

Buhari welcomes Ramaphosa to Presidential Villa in Abuja
Ramaphosa meets Nigeria’s minister of interior, Lt.General Abdulrahman Danbazzau
President Buhari leads Ramaphosa to the Villa for talks
President Ramaphosa and President Buhari
Ramaphosa discusses with Buhari
Ramaphosa faces the Nigerian media
South African officials in talks with their Nigerian counterparts
Ramaphosa signs the visitor’s register

 

 

 

 


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