Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari will visit South Africa next month to reinforce bonds between the countries after deadly riots and xenophobic attacks, the South African presidency said.
South Africa’s MTN Group and supermarket chain Shoprite closed all stores and service centres in Nigeria after premises were attacked.
The attacks followed days of riots in South Africa mainly targeting foreign-owned, including Nigerian, businesses.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said last week at least 10 people were killed, including two foreign nationals, in violence that began in Pretoria and spread to Johannesburg.
Buhari will undertake a state visit to South Africa in October to develop responses to challenges in both countries after Ramaphosa held discussions with Nigeria’s special envoy, the presidency said in a statement.
“The special envoy conveyed President Buhari’s concern at recent events in the context of strong and cordial relations that characterise the interaction between the two countries,” the presidency said.
It said Buhari’s government planned to act against the targeting of South African assets in Nigeria and reaffirmed relations with South Africa.
The violence in South Africa stoked concerns about relations between Africa’s two biggest economies. Nigeria said it would recall its top diplomat in Pretoria.