Nigeria in SA: Mzansi reacts to Ramaphosa's meeting with Buhari
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari received a warm welcome from President Cyril Ramaphosa and other ministers as he kicked off his state visit to SA on Thursday.
This is the first state visit to be hosted by South Africa under the sixth administration.
It comes after an outburst of xenophobic attacks in and around Gauteng that stirred tensions between African countries.
TimesLIVE reported that the three-day state visit, the first by a Nigerian leader since 2013, was planned long before the attacks moved on to foreign-owned properties in and around Johannesburg in early September.
At the height of the attacks, Buhari said he was sending a special envoy to Ramaphosa to “share our deep concern about the security of Nigerian lives and property in South Africa”, and to ensure that the South African government was doing everything within its power in this regard.
Buhari's visit to SA was met with mixed reactions as some social media users questioned the “real” reason behind it.
Cyril Ramaphosa has been apologising to the Nigerian President all day for "attacks on Nigerians and their businesses in SA".— Isaac (@ikemak75) October 3, 2019
Nigerian President has not apologized, not even once, to Ramaphosa and South Africans for the criminal acts of his citizens in SA.#NigeriaInSA pic.twitter.com/XHv8BKMa5L