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The state visit of Nigerian President Buhari to South Africa

On Wednesday Mr. Muhammadu Buhari Nigerian President pay a state visit to South Africa after tensions between Africa’s leading economic powerhouses is stirred due to an outburst of xenophobic violence in and around Johannesburg.

The South African authorities look set to reject the demands of Buhari who is expected to push Ramaphosa to pay reparations for the Nigerians impacted by the violence.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his counterpart struggle to kickstart their stuttering economies. They will on Thursday meet to discuss political cooperation and bolstering trade ties.

But the recent violence targeting foreigners  including Nigerians in South Africa threatens to dominate the talks. In the violence at least 12 people were killed and hundreds of migrant workers repatriated to the country. After some South African companies in Nigeria were targeted by revenge attacks, they were forced to close shop temporarily. The two governments offered “sincere apologies” in a bid to calm the anger and dispatched special envoys to each other’s capitals.

The Abuja’s presidency said Buhari would discuss the welfare of Nigerian, and build harmonious relations with their hosts via finding common grounds during the state visit.

The state visit takes three day was planned in early September before mobs descended on foreign-owned properties in and around Johannesburg.

Buhari was crowned as President a second term in February, is looking to boost Nigeria’s  agricultural and mining sectors and diversify Nigeria’s economy away from oil. South Africa could prove a key partner in doing so.

But, he has been blocking the flow of goods from neighbouring Nigeramaking and  Benin protectionist moves and ordering increased restrictions on food imports, athough in July he wil sign up to a milestone African free trade agreement.

Buhari’s state visit appears unlikely to radically strengthen relations between the two sides despite incentives to improve ties.