President Cyril Ramaphosa has thanked the people of Nigeria for their help during the struggle against apartheid. He was addressing the media after his meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.

The President is on a working visit to Nigeria. He says the two countries are committed to deepening relations.

He says he undertook a deliberate visit to Nigeria in order to ensure relations between the two countries are improved exponentially.

The two leaders are expected to discuss the importance of the signing the Continental Free Trade Area. South Africa has signed the agreement but Nigeria still needs to sign.

President Ramaphosa says he wants to see perceived tension between the two countries resolved.

Earlier in the day, President Ramaphosa addressed business people attending the 25th anniversary of the Afreximbank in Abuja.