Nigeria in SA: Citizens weigh in as president receives warm welcome

Nigeria in SA: Citizens weigh in as president receives warm welcome

- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has received a warm welcome from President Cyril Ramaphosa as his visit to SA kicks off

- The trip hopes to see an improvement in relations between two of Africa's economic players

- Citizens have shared their opinions on the situation, highlighting that tension and mistrust is still running high amongst South Africans

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been welcomed into South Africa's by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Politicians seem to be on their best behaviour today as Buhari's three-day trip in the country kicks off with discussions with leadership.

Briefly.co.za reported that high hopes have been placed on the encounter, where economic ties are expected to be strengthened between two of Africa's largest players.

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The xenophobic violence experienced in both countries recently is an undeniable shadow over the whole affair and the reaction to the visit from South Africans serves only to highlight this.

Calls are being raised to showcase the effects of crimes committed by Nigerian foreign nationals living in the country.

While the unrest, centred largely in Gauteng, saw criticism levied against SA by other African nationals many voiced the opinion that blame should be placed on immigrants.

Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba echoed this sentiment, adamant that the crime that reportedly followed foreigners into the country had incited the violence.

Protests had been sparked by the death of a taxi driver, who had been murdered during a confrontation with an allegedly foreign drug dealer.

Special diplomatic envoys were dispatched following the unrest by Ramaphosa, who is tasked with maintaining relations with the country while at the same time soothing concerns raised by citizens.

Take a look at just a few of the responses to Buhari's visit below:

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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