|President Jacob Zuma|
The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma will be in Nigeria today [May 29] for the inauguration of the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, his office said on Thursday.
According to News24, Zuma’s trip will be a”working visit” and besides Buhari’s inaugurations, it will also give the two presidents the opportunity to discuss issues of mutual concern.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) urged the South African President to stay away from Buhari’s inauguration, following the spate of xenophobic attacks and the way his government handled it.
The group furthermore threatened to storm the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, should Zuma step into the country’s airport.
However, if the report is released as planned, Zuma will be fulfilling presidential duties in Nigeria such as enhancing the ”good” bilateral relations between the two countries, and strengthening economic ties. ”President Zuma also congratulated the people of Nigeria for conducting a peaceful, transparent, credible, free and fair election as declared by the Independent National Election Commission of Nigeria (INEC).”
Zuma will be accompanied by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Co-operation.