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    Nigeria-South Africa-Diplomacy

    South African leader visits Buhari

    APA-Abuja (Nigeria)

    President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in a move to forge closer ties in the face of rearing tension between the two countries.

    The tension is caused by the increasing incidents of ``deliberate’’ killing of Nigerian citizens in South Africa.

    The two presidents discussed issues of mutual interest to both Nigeria and South Africa, particularly security and economic matters.

    The Nigerian Union in South Africa has lauded Ramaphosa for his working visit to Nigeria in a move to ensure closer ties between both countries.

    The President of the union, Mr. Adetola Olubajo, said on Thursday that Nigerians in South Africa were happy with the development.

    “We are optimistic that the issue of security of lives and properties of Nigerians in South Africa will be discussed and action plan agreed between the two heads of state.

    “In my meeting with the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema, he expressed his resolve to ensure that the early warning unit mechanism agreed between the two countries in 2017 starts soon.

    “So, we believe that President Ramaphosa’s visit will help to reduce and eventually eradicate incessant killings of Nigerians in South Africa,’’ Olubajo said.

    He said that the visit of Ramaphosa was a prayer answered for Nigerians in South Africa.

    Olubajo said the union would never take sides with criminality either committed by Nigerians or other nationals in that country.

    The chairman assured of the union’s cooperation with authorities in South African communities to fight crime.

    About 119 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa since February 2016.

    No fewer than 800,000 Nigerians, mostly young people, are reported to be residing in South Africa.


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