President Muhammadu Buhari has called for an end to the unhealthy rivalry between Nigeria and South Africa.
Buhari said what was important was for the two foremost economies in Africa to strengthen “people-to-people” relationship for their own good and that of the entire continent.
The President spoke when he received his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa at the State House, Abuja yesterday. Ramaphosa was in Nigeria for the 10th Session of Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC).
Buhari also told ministers and government delegates of both countries that a strong bond of brotherhood between Nigeria and South Africa would be a catalyst for economic, technological, social, and cultural development, peace, and security in the continent.
He said it was fulfilling that despite all the challenges posed by COVID-19, the BNC was still holding on schedule.
“It is also gratifying to observe that this has been brought about by the dogged commitment of senior officials from our countries.
“Similarly, discussions are ongoing on new and important areas of cooperation between our two countries.”
He also remarked that the agreement on Early Warning Mechanism would “improve the people-to-people\’ relations of our two countries.
The President commended Ramaphosa for initiating the Nigeria – South Africa Youth Dialogue which he ( Buhari) also endorsed.
He said: “I hope that beyond being a vehicle for mutual learning and understanding by our youth, it would also foster the kindred spirit of humanity towards others as prescribed in the great South African traditional philosophy of Ubuntu.
“That would lay a solid foundation for the realization of the Africa that we want.”