South Africa, Nigeria mend strained relations

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The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari and his counterpart president Cyril Ramaphosa have signed thirty trade and cooperation agreements.

However, the agreements were signed after the end of a two-day visit by Buhari.

Recall that in September, there was a wave of violence against Nigerian nationals in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Consequently, violence has strained relations between the two African countries.

Meanwhile, in September, a Mob armed with makeshift weapons attacked business and homes owned by foreigners.

In response, Nigerians destroyed and burn down South African shops and businesses in Nigeria.

At least, ten people died, dozens were injured and up to four hundred arrested.

Furthermore, both presidents said they regretted the violence and pledge instead to deepen trade ties.

Moreover, Ramaphosa stated that the two countries had sealed thirty-two bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding.

“ As the government of South Africa, we have expressed our deep regret at the attacks directed at foreign nationals and our condemnation of all forms of intolerance and acts of violence”.

Definitely, the agreements cover trade, industry, science and technology, defense, agriculture, and energy.

In fact, Nigerian accounts for 64 percent of South Africa’s total trade with the West African Region

Altogether, Nigeria is one of its largest trading partners on the continent.

Buhari, however, emphasized the need for the South Africa government to address anti-foreigner violence quickly.

Above all, Buhari said that concrete measures should be taken to prevent it from happening again.

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