President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return from South Africa today.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return today from his three-day official visit to South Africa.
The President, who was given a historic welcome in the former apartheid enclave, has signed meaningful bilateral agreements with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Buhari, at the meeting, urged the South African government to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians and other foreign nationals, adding that it would help to promote trade and investment between the two countries.
The president also stressed the need for South Africa to design a policy that would allow investment from Nigeria, noting that big companies from Mandela’s country, including MTN, Multi-Choice, Shoprite and others are being given unfettered access to the Nigerian market with protection and enabling laws.
Condemning the attack, Buhari implored the South African president to find a lasting solution to the incessant attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals living in South Africa, the looting of their shops and businesses and burning of their property.
“We are pleased to inform you that our government has made doing business in Nigeria easier through the Ease of Doing Business Initiative to open up more opportunities for investors in Nigeria.
“We call on the government of South Africa to also take steps to ease the doing of business in the country, and open up its market space for Nigerian businessmen and women. In this context, we are gratified that a Nigeria-South Africa Business Forum has been organised in the framework of this state visit.”
Responding to Buhari’s address, President Ramaphosa apologized for the attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals, giving the assurance that his government would do more to protect lives and property.
“We will always be grateful to Nigeria for the support we received during the dark days of apartheid.
“We shall never forget the role you played to ensure that our people get the freedom we are enjoying today,” he stated.