President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in South Africa to begin a three-day State Visit. The Air Force 001 plane landed in the South African Air force Base, Waterkloof, at 9.10pm on Wednesday.
He was received by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor and Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu.
The visit is at the invitation of President and it will afford the two leaders to discuss the welfare of Nigerians living in the country and find common grounds for building harmonious relations with their hosts.
While in the country, Buhari will also hold a town hall meeting with Nigerians with a view to sharing in their experiences and reassuring them of his administration’s commitment to working for the protection of their lives and property and promoting peaceful co-existence.
Buhari’s visit also coincides with the 9th meeting of Bi-National Commission, which will for the first time witness participation of the two Heads of State after an elevation.
The Bi-National Commission meeting was elevated to the level of Presidents’ participation, following the strategic position of the two economies in Africa and need for stronger relations, and President Buhari and his host, President Cyril Ramophosa, will c0-chair the meeting on Thursday.
Before the meeting, which will be held at the Union Building, both Presidents will have a tête-à-tête to discuss issues of mutual interests relating to the welfare of citizens, and expanding economic and cultural ties.
Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Malam Garba, said the visit will enable more harmonious relations between the two largest economies in Africa, and open up more frontiers of opportunities for prosperity by encouraging more exchange and investments, especially for Nigerians.
Malam Shehu said 32 agreements and Memoranda Of Understanding (MoU) had been signed at the Bi-National Commission, which will be mutually beneficial to both nations, adding that the meeting will provide an opportunity to review progress.
“President Buhari is on a state visit to South Africa. While in South Africa, the two leaders will review a number of issues in our Bi-National Commission, including issues that affect citizens,’’ he said.
President Buhari will hold an interactive meeting with Nigerians in South Africa before returning to Abuja.