President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to South Africa in October, the Presidency has said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

He explained that the President accepted an invitation to visit the country in a telephone conversation with South African leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, at his country home in Daura, Katsina State.
Shehu said President Buhari and Mr Ramaphosa would discuss issues relating to the wellbeing of citizens and ways to further strengthen trade relations between the two largest African economies.

According to him, the President’s visit is to further “consider recurrent issues concerning wellbeing of the Nigerian community in South Africa, and the need to promote trade and investment.
“Your visit will provide an excellent opportunity for our sister countries to further consolidate and advance our strategic partnership and cooperation on matters of peace, security and socio-economic development in our continent.

“We will discuss issues of mutual interest and concern in global governance,” the statement quoted the South African President as saying in an earlier letter of invitation.
Shehu noted that the South African leader also said the meeting would provide an opportunity to inaugurate a Bi-national commission for both countries to “effect the strategic decisions taken in 2016 to elevate it to the level of Heads of State.”