Ramaphosa's visit successful despite Omicron scare, says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has described the State Visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa as successful despite the scare generated by the new COVID-19 variant named Omicron.

Buhari received Ramaphosa at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday after which they held a press conference.

Speaking at the conference, Buhari said new Memoranda of Understanding between Nigeria and South Africa in diverse areas were signed while existing ones were reviewed for the progress and prosperity of citizens of both countries.

Both leaders also launched the Nigeria-South Africa Youth Dialogue, another veritable tool for interaction among youths with the aim of creating shared values and aspirations.

On his part, President Ramaphosa expressed gratitude to the leaders of Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana and Senegal for expressing their dissatisfaction with the travel ban imposed on South Africa and sister neighbouring countries in the aftermath of the discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variant by South African scientists.

He described the imposition of the ban by some western countries as arbitrary, discriminatory, unscientific and unproductive in the long run.

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