South Africa confirms Buhari's October visit

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to pay a state visit to South Africa in October, the South African presidency said Saturday after a spate of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg caused tensions between the countries.

South Africa’s financial capital and surrounding areas were rocked by a surge of deadly attacks against foreigners this week, many directed against Nigerian-owned businesses and properties.

The violence prompted reprisal attacks against South African firms in Nigeria and the temporary closing of South Africa’s diplomatic mission ins Lagos and Abuja.

Buhari’s visit is meant to “reinforce the strong bonds between the two countries and jointly develop responses to challenges affecting people and businesses in South Africa and Nigeria”, said South Africa’s presidency in a statement.



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