Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president in the afternoon hours of Wednesday, October 2, departed the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Nigeria for his trip to South Africa.
Naija News understands that the President who is in the company of entourage is on a three-day official visit to South Africa.
This online news platform gathered that the President left the Presidential Villa around 1:30 p.m. for Pretoria via the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The entourage accompanying the President include; the Ebonyi state governor Dave Umahi, Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong and Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
Buhari’s trip to South Africa might not be unconnected to the recent xenophobic attacks melted on Nigerians residing and doing businesses in South Africa.
Naija News reports that the President embarked on his trip to South Africa after presiding over the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The Presidential visit comes against the background of recent xenophobic attacks, the evacuation of hundreds of Nigerians and the exchange of visits by special envoys of Presidents Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa.
While in South Africa, President Buhari will hold a bilateral meeting with his South African counterpart, President Ramaphosa, to discuss the welfare of Nigerians in the country.
The two African leaders at the end of their meeting will also find common grounds for building harmonious relations among their respective citizens.
President Buhari will hold a town hall meeting with Nigerians living in the country to share in their experiences.
While the President is expected to return to the country on Friday, October 4, recall that an earlier statement on the trip issued by the president’s spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu, had noted that the Nigerian leader would use the opportunity to reassure Nigerians in South Africa of the Nigerian government’s commitment to working for the protection of their lives and property and promoting peaceful co-existence.