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President Buhari Leaves For South Africa Today     

Buhari and Ramaphosa to meet in South Africa today.

Funsho Akinwale

President Muhammadu Buhari is today expected to leave Abuja for South Africa on the invitation of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The three-day working visit will see the two presidents discussing the welfare of Nigerians eking out a living in the former apartheid enclave.

The visit is coming on the heels of the incessant xenophobic attacks, the evacuation of 502 Nigerians and the exchange of visits by special envoys of Presidents Buhari and Ramaphosa.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, in his statement on Tuesday, said the two leaders would find common grounds for building harmonious relations among their respective citizens.

”While in South Africa, the Nigerian leader will hold a town hall meeting with Nigerians living in the country, to share in their experiences.

“President Buhari and his host will preside over the South Africa/Nigeria Bi-National Commission, during which a progress report will be presented.

“At the end of the meeting, both leaders will sign a joint communique," Shehu said.

Accompanying the president to South Africa are governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Simon Lalong (Plateau) and David Umahi (Ebonyi).

Others include Geoffrey Onyeama (Foreign Affairs); Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Defence); Saleh Mamman (Power); Rauf Aregbesola (Interior); Olamilekan Adegbite (Mines and Steel Development); Maigari Dingyadi (Police Affairs) and Mrs. Mariam Katagum (State, Industry, Trade and Investment).

Also on the trip are National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno; National Intelligence Agency Director-General, Mr. Ahmed Abubakar, and Nigeria Diaspora Commission Chairman/CEO Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

The president is expected to return to Abuja on Friday.