Xenophobia: Buhari, Osinbajo meet as Nigeria boycotts WEF in S’Africa

Buhari, Osinbajo and Onyeama discussing about xenophobic attacks on Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama to discus the ongoing xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.

Buhari’s New Media aide, Bashir Ahmad, disclosed this on his verified Twitter handle stating that the Federal Government is committed to protecting the lives and properties of Nigerians in South Africa.

His tweet reads, “President @MBuhari is currently meeting with Vice President, @ProfOsinbajo and Foreign Affairs Minister, @GeoffreyOnyeama over the recent #XenophobicAttacks on Nigerians in South Africa. The FG is committed to protecting the lives and properties of Nigerians in South Africa.”

In response to the xenophobic attacks, Nigeria has boycotted the World Economic Forum(WEF) on Africa 2019 taking place in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Forum, which kicked off on today September 4, had no Nigerian delegation in attendance.

Other African countries also joined Nigeria in boycotting the event.
Some of the other African countries that have pulled out of WEF are Rwanda, Malawi and DR Congo.

According to The Nation, Buhari’s government is exploring possible options, including sanctions against the South African government.

The government is also deliberating over possible actions from within after some Nigerians carried out reprisal attacks against South African businesses in Nigeria, including attacks on one of Africa’s largest food retailer, Shoprite and telecoms giant, MTN, forcing the organisations to scale down operations.

“President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have taken hands-on approach in resolving the Xenophobia issue with South Africa but they want everything done diplomatically,” a source in the Presidency said.

“The boycott of WEF is another strong statement to the South African government and people because the Buhari administration will not stand and fold its arms after attack on any Nigerian citizen. This is the right step in the right direction.”

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