Buhari receives South African president, Ramaphosa, amid Omicron variant concerns


Buhari and Ramaphosa (file photo)

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria on Wednesday December 1, 2021, received President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, and his delegates at the State House in Abuja despite prevalence of the deadly Omicron (COVID-19 variant) in South Africa.

The South African delegation of ministers and business leaders is in Nigeria to boost South Africa’s bilateral relations with Nigeria as well as strengthen partnerships directed at African development and cooperation in multilateral fora.

The Remaphosa-led visit also coincided with the 10th Session of the Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission.

The South African president arrived in Abuja, Nigeria last night and had a private dinner with the President at the State House.

Ramaphosa’s visit to President Buhari is coming hours after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the first three cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Nigeria, saying they are linked to passengers from South Africa.




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