Buhari receives South African leader Ramaphosa amid Omicron concerns

Cyril Ramaphosa and Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The visit comes amid concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19 which was first spotted in South Africa.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had confirmed the first three cases of the variant in the country.

Ramaphosa, who is on a two-day official visit to Nigeria, was received at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa by President Buhari before the two leaders went into a closed-door meeting.

There was a brief cultural display by members of the Nigerian National Troupe, who entertained the visiting South African President and his delegation.

The two presidents are expected to address a joint press conference at the end of the bilateral talks.