Buhari Receives South African President Ramaphosa Amid Omicron Variant Concerns
President Muhammadu Buhari has received President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa at the State House in Abuja.
The South African President, who is accompanied by a delegation of ministers and business leaders, is on a state visit expected to reinforce South Africa’s bilateral relations with Nigeria as well as strengthen partnerships directed at African development and cooperation in multilateral forums.
Ramaphosa’s four-nation visit to the West Africa region, which also looks to advance trade and investment between the two countries, coincides with the 10th Session of the Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission.
The South African President arrived in the country last night and had a private dinner with the President at the State House.
Ramaphosa’s visit to President Buhari comes hours after 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.
Following the discovery, countries such as the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Israel among others placed travel bans on southern African countries.
Similarly, the government of Canada had also stated that it discovered two cases of the variant from two passengers from Nigeria.