The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu has confirmed in a statement on Saturday, August 10 that President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to South Africa in October.
Shehu said Buhari accepted an invitation from South African leader, Cyril Ramaphosa in a telephone conversation at his country home in Daura, Katsina State, to visit the country (South Africa).
The meeting is necessary to discuss recurrent issues relating to the well being of Nigerian citizens in South Africa and ways to further strengthen and promote trade relations between the two countries, Shehu said.
“ Your visit will provide an excellent opportunity for our sister countries to further consolidate and advance our strategic partnership and cooperation on matters of peace, security and socio-economic development in our continent”.
“ We will discuss issues of mutual interest and concern in global governance”. Ramaphosa was quoted saying all these words in an earlier letter of invitation.
Ramaphosa added that the meeting would provide an avenue to inaugurate a Bi-national commission for both countries to “effect the strategic decisions taken in 2016 to elevate it to the level of Head of State”.