President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to go on a three-day State visit to South Africa to, among other things, comfort Nigerians who were victims of xenophobic attacks by South Africans.
A statement by the special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina said that Buhari’s visit was on the invitation of the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa.
The statement said that the visit was also aimed at enabling the two leaders to discuss the welfare of Nigerians and find common grounds for building harmonious relations with their hosts.
The statement said that while in South Africa, the Nigerian leader would hold a town hall meeting with Nigerians living in the country, with a view to sharing in their experiences and reassuring them of Nigerian government’s commitment to working for the protection of the life and property of Nigerians in that country and promoting peaceful co-existence.
It said that President Buhari and his host would preside over the South Africa/Nigeria Bi-National Commission, during which a progress report would be presented. At the end of the meeting, both leaders would sign a joint communiqué.
The statement said that the President and his delegation including Nigerian business representatives would also participate at a South Africa-Nigeria Business Forum with their host counterparts.
Buhari will be accompanied by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State.
Others are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, retired Major Geneneral Bashir Magashi; Minister of Power, Engineer Saleh Mamman; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite; Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi and Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Katagum.
Also on the trip are National Security Adviser, retired Major Geneneral Babagana Monguno; Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar and Chairman/CEO Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The statement said that the President would return to Nigeria on Friday.