Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visits SA following xenophobia

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visits SA following xenophobia

- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is in South Africa for the first state visit of its kind since 2013

- While the meeting had been planned before xenophobic attacks plagued the country, the situation seems set to dominate discussions

- Despite the politician's best efforts, analysts are unconvinced that the visit will do much to repair relations between the two countries

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President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in South Africa to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

eNCA reports that while the meeting had been scheduled before the violence that targeted foreign nationals, it is set to be the focus of discussions.

The aim of the visit had been business with South Africa and Nigeria both struggling to kickstart flagging economies. reported that special diplomatic envoys had been sent to do damage control after the incidents of violence spilled over into other countries.

President Cyril Ramaphosa had both condemned the violence and acknowledged the crime brought into the country by those who enter it illegally.

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South African business interests in Nigeria had been forced to close doors as citizens protested the poor treatment being suffered by their countrymen in Mzansi.

Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba had condemned the apologies sent out to African nations following the debacle, adamant that it had been in answer to sharing precious few resources with nationals from other countries.

The Citizen reports that trade between Nigeria and South Africa had come in at R50.8 billion for 2018 alone.

During his three-day stay in South Africa, Buhari is expected to hold talks with Nigerians living in the country to hear their experiences.

The president is also expected to push for compensation to be paid to be those affected by the violence.

Analysts feel that despite best efforts, the visit is unlikely to do much in the way of bolstering relations between the two nations.

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