President Muhammadu Buhari returned olto Abuja on Friday after a three-day official visit to South Africa.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while in South Africa, the Nigerian leader held bilateral meeting with his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa.
The two African leaders also co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the 9th Bi-National Commission at the seat of government, Union Building, Pretoria, on Thursday. At the meeting, President Buhari urged the South African government to open up its economy to allow the influx of more Nigerian businesses.
The Nigerian President also urged the South African government to create a business environment that would guarantee their safety. While stressing the need for reciprocity in promoting trade and investment between both countries, President Buhari said that South African companies had enjoyed not only the unfettered access to the Nigerian market, but protection and enabling laws as well.
In his remarks, President Ramaphosa said that the attacks on foreign nationals by his countrymen was regrettable. He gave the Nigerian President the assurance that his government would do more to safeguard lives and property.
NAN reports State a Banquet was also organised for President Buhari by the South African government on Thursday night. While expressing appreciation for what he described as ‘legendary South African hospitality’, Buhari invited President Ramaphosa to pay a state visit to Nigeria for ”a return match where we as the Super Eagles will surely revenge against you the Bafana Bafana!” ”Mr President and dear brother, as I said, you have overwhelmed me and my delegation with your legendary South African hospitality.”