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Ramaphosa’s state visit to Abuja: A big window has opened to rejuvenate Nigeria-South Africa relations

Nigeria-South Africa relations have experienced a roller coaster ride, from the antagonistic relations during South Africa’s apartheid era and Nigeria’s military epoch in the post-apartheid era to more friendly relations. It is crucial for these regional powers to shelve competition and cooperate on many levels.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state visit to Nigeria as part of his four-state tour of West Africa — Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal — amidst the upsurge in the Covid-19 variant Omicron in South Africa represented a bid to rejuvenate bilateral relations with these countries (especially Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa).


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