Buhari will meet with his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa “to reinforce the strong bonds between the two countries and to jointly develop responses to challenges affecting people and businesses in South Africa and Nigeria,” the presidency said. South Africa has witnessed days of riots that mainly targeted foreign-owned shops, including Nigerian businesses. At least 10 people have been killed, two of them foreign nationals, in violence that began in its administrative capital Pretoria and spread to nearby Johannesburg, Ramaphosa said Thursday.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s telecommunication giant, the MTN Group, and supermarket chain Shoprite have closed all stores and service centers in Nigeria after their premises were attacked. In the wake of public violence in both countries, Ramaphosa held discussions Friday with Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, special envoy of Buhari.
Buhari has promised that the Nigerian government will act against lawlessness and the targeting of South African assets in Nigeria, the presidency said. Ramaphosa reaffirmed the South Africa-Nigeria relations as being firm and strong, saying the two partners were resolute in their shared commitment to build an Africa at peace with itself and others, according to the presidency.