UPDATE ON SOUTH AFRICA AND NIGERIA’S EFFORT TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONS

Nigerian President’s visit to South Africa includes signing bilateral agreements to prevent future tensions

Organisers of Africa Oil Week, Hyve Group, would like to update delegates of further progress made towards restoring the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa following a period of xenophobic unrest in South Africa earlier in the year. 

At the time of the unrest, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a formal apology to President Buhari, saying that the incidents, “did not represent the values that his country cherished”. Nigerian President Buhari responded, pledging that the relationship between the two countries will be solidified.

Messrs Buhari and Ramaphosa have now met, together signing 32 bilateral agreements in various sectors, including trade and industry, investment, energy, defence and security, immigration, justice, and police, amongst others. One of the agreements specifically looks at how the police and intelligence must put in mechanisms to prevent future tensions. 

Ramaphosa said the visit represented cordial relations between the countries: "Our meeting today presents us with an opportunity not only to review the general state of our bi-lateral relations, but to make a firm determination [where] the ties between our two countries will be strengthened."

An end to the wave of violence and the new agreements notwithstanding, Hyve assures delegates that their safety is its utmost priority and that all necessary security measures will be put in place to make sure the event is a successful experience for all. 

Chris Hall, Group Event Director, said: “Africa Oil Week is of importance to a broad spectrum of African and other stakeholders and we are committed to ensuring it will take place.

“To this end, we will continue to closely monitor the situation and work with officials of the CTICC venue, the City of Cape Town and local security service teams to ensure that we have the appropriate security plans and personnel in place for the event. “