Buhari sends special envoy to South Africa over xenophobic attacks




President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a special envoy to his South Africa counter part, President Cyril Ramaphosa over the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and their businesses in his country.

In a statement released by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on September 3rd, Buhari instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to summon the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, expressing Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens; and assurance of the safety of their lives and property.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has noted with deep concern, reported attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since August 29, 2019.

“Consequently, the President has instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to summon the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria and get a brief on the situation; express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens; and assurance of the safety of their lives and property.

“President Buhari has also dispatched a Special Envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa his concerns and also interact with his South African counterpart on the situation.

“The Special Envoy is expected to arrive in Pretoria latest Thursday, September 5, 2019,” the statement reads.





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