President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday left Abuja for South Africa, to witness the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup taking place for the first time ever on African soil.
The Presidential Jet, Air Force One, took off from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja around 11pm.
Also on the trip was the Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Ogiadomhe; top presidency aides; and the Chairman of African Petroleum, Mr. Femi Otedola.
The AP chairman was on the presidential entourage to Nice, France late last month and the United States in April.
The governors of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel; Borno, Modu Sheriff; Kwara, Bukola Saraki; Rivers, Rotimi Amaechi; and Delta, Emmanuel Uduaghan as well as some ministers and top federal officials were part of the advance team that travelled to South Africa ahead of the President.
The President will be received on arrival in South Africa by his advance team and the Nigerian High Commissioner in SA, Brig-Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.).
During the visit, the President will meet with members of the Nigerian community in South Africa.