Zuma leaves SA for Buhari inauguration
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to leave the country on Thursday to attend the inauguration of Nigerian President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.
The inauguration of the former military leader, who won elections held two months ago, is scheduled to take place in Abuja on Friday.
Following Buhari’s win over incumbent Goodluck Jonathan at the end of
March, Zuma was among the first Heads of State to confirm attendance of
the swearing-in ceremony.
In his congratulatory message, Zuma expressed his commitment to working closely with President-Elect Buhari to enhance the good bilateral
relations which exist between South Africa and Nigeria, paying particular
focus on the strengthening of economic cooperation.
He also congratulated the people of Nigeria for conducting a “peaceful,
transparent, credible, free and fair election” as declared by the
Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria.
A statement from Zuma’s office stated South Africa and Nigeria enjoyed
“warm and cordial” relations since the establishment of diplomatic
relations in 1994, which culminated in the creation of the Bi-National
Commission (BNC) in 1999.
The two countries have already signed 34 Bilateral Agreements and
cooperation continues to grow.
“The Working Visit to Nigeria presents an ideal opportunity for President
Zuma to further strengthen and consolidate historic and strategic
relations between the two countries, and to discuss regional and
international issues of mutual concern,” his office stated.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and
Cooperation, will accompany Zuma to Nigeria.
– CAJ News
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