Zuma goes to Nigeria

2011-12-10 17:02

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma arrived in Nigeria on Saturday morning for a working visit to that country, the Presidency said.

His arrival in the country's capital city, Abuja, was aimed at strengthening relations between South Africa and Nigeria, spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Zuma is expected to hold talks with his counterpart President Goodluck Jonathan later on Saturday morning.

"The talks are expected to include progress made by the South Africa–Nigeria Bi-National Commission which is led at deputy/vice-president level, and other regional and continental issues.

"Among the highlights of the visit, President Zuma will this morning address the General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Memorial Lecture to celebrate the life and times of this highly regarded fighter for peace and freedom," Maharaj said.

He said Zuma will later on Saturday head to Yola in Adamawa State, where he will receive an honorary doctoral degree in Humane Letters from the American University of Nigeria.

This was in recognition of his contribution to humankind through outstanding leadership, creativity and excellence.

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-10 17:17

    Not sure what SA has to do with Nigeria or what benefit will accrue from this. Did the Prez take back on his big plane some of the Nigerian illegals in Jhb?

      Dean Kenad - 2011-12-10 17:29

      You are devoid of brain cells. Nigeria is the 2nd largest economy in the africa and the 7th biggest oil priducer in the world. If you cant see what we have to gain from them then your skull is full of water. What have we gained from his numerous visits to the useless colonial masters who rip us off. Idiot

      Paul - 2011-12-10 18:14

      Dean well said.

      Azande - 2011-12-10 20:15

      @Dean, thanks.

      Sterling - 2011-12-10 20:38

      If SA didn't have trade with the other black African countries many comapnies would go broke in SA. SA future lies in Africa and not China or Cuba for their economic growth. This is one thing Malema got right that SA should be in Africa doing what China is doing.

  • Dean Kenad - 2011-12-10 17:32

    He should better discuss with the nigerian authorities on how to prevent their illegals from coming here, strenghten economic ties etc

      Egberamwen - 2011-12-10 21:43

      I am highly disappointed at the lack of understanding of most of these people.This illustrates the fact that our greatest problem lies in the way we see ourselves as Africans,we are so parochial and pessimistic about the political and economy unity of Africa.Let do away with useless sentiments that could derail our unity.The importance of our collective will as citizens in the success of Africa cannot be over emphasized .

  • Alva - 2011-12-10 18:23

    An honorary doctorate in recognition of his contribution to humankind through outstanding leadership, creativity and excellence. LMAO! Joke of the year! Mwha ha ha ha ha!!!

      mundu.olewega - 2011-12-11 14:53

      Creativity in a avoiding justice more like.

  • Vosloo - 2011-12-10 18:28

    He is looking for a new wife thats all they do in Nigeria

      Paul - 2011-12-10 18:33

      Why have you been to Nigeria in search of a wife? What an idiotic comment.

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-10 18:36

      Please not Vosloo. The Nigerians are way ahead of the world when it comes to electronic theft, so imagine if he has a wife and she gets access to our SARS bank account or even worse we get another Sheryl Cwele.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-10 20:54

      Vosloo may have a point. In Afrikaans the English Nigeria does sound rather attractive. Something like Bangalore.

      Phuti - 2011-12-11 10:01

      I really think you need some brains & be taught to think strategically becauce there is something wrong with you.Learn to respect your country & president.

  • Comrade - 2011-12-10 18:35

    ..........SO ............. WHO CARES!!!

      Paul - 2011-12-10 19:08

      Not an article for steriod bimbo's!

      Azande - 2011-12-10 20:17

      again u dissappointing Com, what grade are u?

  • Paul - 2011-12-10 18:36

    One of the discussion points will be the cancellation of Shells contract and the awarding of the oil production contract to PetroSA.

  • Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-10 18:36

    Lead us ... My Champ! They hate you cause you are black... The whites ran our country to the ground and managed to accumulate sanctions from all humanitarian organisations possible before 94... But the ANC got us going in the UN and all other world organizations... Nelson Mandela only had a R2.5 billion budget in 94... But today the finance minister has over R600 billion to work with... That's the ANCs work right there... Haters can hate... News24 editors can delete... And they can come back and blast the info pro bill... But they are thier own enemies by wanting to hear the selected voice from Orania...

      Paul - 2011-12-10 18:45

      Ewe boetie.

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-10 19:12

      I don't think they would allow Internet in Orania, it might corrupt the pureness of the white race, so you are doing the same as the black haters as you call them. I think you need to revisit your mathematics lesson you have just given us all and then you deduct all the tender theft and other bling the government worships and then you need to ask yourself if you voting for him purely because of his race or are you worried at all about how this spectacular budget is managed?

      Paul - 2011-12-10 19:18

      Leonard why have you earned yourself a doctorate with honour?

      Geronimo - 2011-12-10 19:32

      Smanga, what a racist outlook you have on life. Shame.

      Irene - 2011-12-10 20:20

      Smanga - what's it like having an IQ below 70? Must be awful because your comments are beyond any vague form of intellect.

      Alva - 2011-12-10 20:30

      @Smanga. I hate Zuma because I perceive him as being corrupt. R600 billion from which the Zuma government is going to filter off into their own pockets and not to uplift our people. Hiding behind the info bill! Zuma's government damaging this country. He is trying to take away our freedom of speech, our right to question while his ministers deplete the governments coffers! Where is your head Smanga?

      Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-10 21:25

      Shame... Look at all of you... Tackling the man instead of the ball, pathetic intellectually broke thugs of yesteryear...

      Bobo - 2011-12-10 21:30

      The 600 billion is from overseas collonial investors since 94 _ Get your facts before making your name banana and blame the white man yet again...Idiot !

      nspaynter - 2011-12-10 22:07

      @Smanga: I have read the article a few times and can't find anything about hate. That article is very factual to my mind and actually puts President Zuma in a very good light. I think you have a lot of bias in your own mind, and especially racial bias. It's part of the ANC and the ANCYL in particular who want President Zuma out when he finishes his present term. And the last time I looked the ANC and the ANCYL are mainly black.

      Pierre - 2011-12-11 02:26

      @ nspaynter don’t be a self-righteous bigot; for delusion, prejudice and hate, just read through the comments. Smanga is correct. South Africa was called “practically bankrupt” at the handover from Apartheid in 1994, and the ANC government has turned that around to a very strong economy. Mistakes could have been made and one can always do better, but compare what Apartheid (the Nationalists) has left us with and what the government has accomplished since 1994. Of course I expect nothing but dribble back in most responses on this forum, but that will just confirm to me that many posting here lack basic knowledge of what are really happening in the country.

      nspaynter - 2011-12-11 07:24

      @Pierre: The tragedy is that there is hate from both whites and blacks in the comments on these forums. Hate is destructive. But I find it interesting that there are many blacks who want Zuma out. Madiba is also black and was an excellent leader and there are other black leaders in our country who have done a lot, the same as there are bad white leaders and good white leaders. Why can't why start identifying good and bad by good and bad and leaving the race out of it. There's good and bad in all races.

      Jerhone - 2011-12-11 09:53

      Smanga, if blacks ran the country and were sanctioned as much as the whites were the country would have ran into the ground in one year or less, you should look at how long the whites survived the sanctions then make your judgement, let me remind you about inflation in 94 R2.5 billion was a lot of money 600 billion today is an overbloated number, in those days there was no gambling druglords etc. adding to the state coffers and the misery of the people, besides all that how much of the R600 billion gets really used on the people and how much is syphoned off by corruption, so if you are pro info bill you must have something to hide from the people that you steal from

  • Seja - 2011-12-10 18:54

    ... Where are those idiots who always complained about Thabo Mbeki always making trips out of the country - when domestic issues needed attention??? Have they now come to the realisation that a big part of the presidents job is to fly around and meet other presidents in foreign countries???

  • Mmjj - 2011-12-10 19:12

    Do u guys think SA is d only place wher nigerian comes and do their businesses...No. Dey all over d world and i dont see why u shud sound as if it only in SA...The thing is you guys in the new South Africa dont realy know wat hardship is compared to the way diz nigerians have to be fully dependent on themselves and not on d government when it comes 2 social care,, education ang housing.. Only if u found yosef in dat situation wher no government,, then u cud undstand why some of diz nigerians do watsoever it takes a man in order 2 hav a decent life... I have lived both nigerian and South African life and I can tell and undstand ppl, so therefore u shudnt forwardly speakin or judging without xperience

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-10 20:08

      So how does this justify all the electronic fraud we have to put up with here or all the drugs on our streets?

      Irene - 2011-12-10 20:21

      And you shouldn't pass comments when you cannot spell. Diz u undstand tht?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-10 21:02

      I think you make a very valid point, Mmjj. Nigeria is an oil rich country but the populace does not share in the wealth. Perhaps Zuma has gone to learn some more how this is done.

      Bobo - 2011-12-10 21:52

      This is News 24... Not MIxit

  • Alan - 2011-12-10 19:46

    From a Class 2 school certificate to a doctorate? Meteoric. For his next act he should buy a title on line....Dr Lord Zuma. Or is it Lord Dr? Not drug lord but lord of the (merry) dance? Or Montezuma? I'm not against it but does he deserve it?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-10 19:46

    I'm outa here. Vavi shooting his mouth off. Mad madame Madonsela stirring. Mac causing all kinds of marakaj. Heath's head hakking out. COP 17 going nowhere. Makes more sense to go and check my assets in Nigeria, and get back to corruption 101.

      Dean Kenad - 2011-12-10 19:55

      Hahahaha nice one

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-10 19:56

      I agree. The kitchen is hot! Check your messages.

  • Irene - 2011-12-10 20:18

    One crook visiting a country of crooks.

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-10 20:28

      Refresher Course Irene. He needs to go get the latest concepts of how to corrupt our government even more!

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-10 20:31

      Jokes aside. As the President of South Africa, there are 3 places he shouldn't be visiting and those are China, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. All 3 of them are causing us problems we will be paying for for many many generations to come. He hasn't even started seeing the damage yet, when will he ever see the light and stop these countries from breaking us down even further?

      Dean Kenad - 2011-12-10 21:03

      Actually post aparthied SA is a country of crooks, criminals, rapists, drug addicts etc.....ills far more than you would find in nigeria

      Devim - 2011-12-17 20:36

      Like this

  • Sean - 2011-12-10 20:49

    I agree with Smanga and no i don't work or live in S.A for the governme

      Irene - 2011-12-10 21:06

      Okay, so that means you're a troll.

  • TamaraSays - 2011-12-10 21:23

    Well, it would be odd if he arrived in Nigeria for a vist to some OTHER country.

  • nspaynter - 2011-12-10 21:33

    "his contribution to humankind through outstanding leadership, creativity and excellence." Excuse me. Are we talking about the right person here. President Zuma has been a very mediocre leader. Madiba was an outstanding leader. Perhaps they were thinking of him and got our Presidents mixed up.

  • Shoe - 2011-12-10 21:43

    "He will receive an honorary doctoral degree in Humane Letters from the American University of Nigeria." - Confusing name for a university, as has become customary for most things Nigerian. "This was in recognition of his contribution to humankind through outstanding leadership, creativity and excellence". - Ohhh Nooooo, not even Nigeria would say that about Zuma.

      Dean Kenad - 2011-12-10 22:00

      What is confusing about american univeristy of nigeria? Your IQ is as low as that of a fetus if that confuses you.

      Shoe - 2011-12-10 22:28

      A fetus? What in Mary's name is that?? Sooo...the IQ of a 'fetus' is low, hey? But, you my friend, make an Einstein of whatever a 'fetus'is ?

      nspaynter - 2011-12-11 08:31

      I looked up "American University of Nigeria" in Wikepedia. Very interesting........

  • Tim - 2011-12-10 22:36

    ignorant comments...if my memory serves me right...Jackie Selebi is not Nigerian?/...& all those raping & killin in SA r not Nigerians....moreover...I c more SAn companies openin up in Nigeria...making money dere...e.g mtn....

  • Segun - 2011-12-10 23:12

    this makes me belives that south africans are still living in the past...get out of your colonials master´s ideology why you all been a racist to your fellow africans, i know alot of south africans living in nigeria, doing thier lawful and unlawful busines just as it is in south africa just because you know one nigerian to be criminal does not mean all of them are. south africans are not saints either.. and for the record presently south africa is rated higher than nigeria in all types crimes.. so get your facts very well before you rush your mouth

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-11 00:23

      You need your facts straightened. Our crime has shot up since the arrival of Nigerians. As late as last month a terrible assassination was organised by a Nigerian. They run the drug cartels in this country together with their Chinese suppliers. The electronic banking crime is horrendous! No thanks, I don't need to see another Nigerian in this country ever again!

  • Segun - 2011-12-11 00:44

    yoour crimes are shot up because you are corrupt and your government is also corrupt just like the Nigeria, no crime will ever be committed by a foreigner in your country without the knowledge of your law enforcement agency.. make your research very well, ask more questions, they know about it, they sponsored it your politicians, your leaders are the criminals using outsider for their evils crimes. and stop blaming foreigners in your country for your crimes.. and for you don't want to see more Nigerians coming to your country, that shows you are an illiterate you need to go school and learn more

  • Tim - 2011-12-11 01:17

    the truth is...ever since SA has been looking for African Nations to blame...not knowing their problem is from within....u shud knw ur history & remember those who stood by ur side during ur apethied era...wen it wasnt a crime if a black person was point ur brothers 2 u as ur enemies...& u fall 4 it again

      Tim - 2011-12-11 01:41

      wateva d case....its about time we all come 2geta...its no more d days of black & white...its 2011...tins have changed....lets make tins work for, white or yellow...irrespective of d past or for d future bro...

  • paulojohn - 2011-12-11 01:31

    Lol. South Africans should grow up.most of you are not exposed and informed.mREOVER YOU GAIN MORE THAN nIGERIANS GAIN IN dOUTH aFRICA. You should live your enclave and understand what the world is all about. I have lived in both countries and understands both,,,get a life and be informed and exposed,...

  • nspaynter - 2011-12-11 07:55

    Look up American University of Nigeria on Wikepedia......

  • Johnnie - 2011-12-11 08:18

    Now we know why South African schools do not get the results they should. It is proven by our President that you do not have to get schooling,without it you become a doctor.For all you know Mr. Zuma might come back with a degree on phishing.

  • Johan - 2011-12-11 08:51

    Why get it from Nigeria he could have ask it from Soweto's Squatter Camp and frame it with all his important achievements

  • johnkk - 2011-12-11 08:55 - Refer to this link and we might have a better insight to the visit by JZ. Let us just HOPE that JZ is opening up legitimate trade, discussing the drug traffic and illegal Nigerians issues that are harming this country. My bet is that the visit will be for self enrichment, this opinion is purely based on JZ's past history and track record.

  • johnkk - 2011-12-11 09:03

    In addition to my previous comment I wish to substantiate my thoughts: (1)A 2010 Mail & Guardian report indicated that the combined business interests of President Zuma and 15 adult members of his family accounted for 134 company directorships or memberships of close corporations. Of these, at least 83 were registered in the post-Polokwane period, and are linked to industries in which the state plays a key role, such as mining and telecommunications. (2)Zuma's wives have stakes in 18 companies ~

  • Lesley - 2011-12-11 12:55

    Has he gone there to get his Christmas present? The business news is that Nigeria will be the powerhouse of Africa by 2020 so maybe he is going to make sure that his family will share in this.

  • John - 2011-12-11 13:56

    Wonder if he'll be taken to Lagos...Then he'll see the true picture of African rule....Urban decay, no power, no fresh water, no traffic control, corruption, no sanitation, no infrastructure development..It's all there to see..But i doubt it though..That's why Abuja is the new capital..They screwed up the first one..

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