The Presidency earlier today said that President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a special envoy to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa over the killing of Nigerians and other Africans in the country.
Buhari who expressed sadness and disappointment over the development had summouned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria in Abuja.
The special envoy was expected to meet with President Ramaphosa this week.
Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, noted that Buhari expressed displeasure over the xenophobic attack which has led to the death of many Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.
Buhari had directed Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affair, to summoun Bobby Moroe, the SA High Commissioner in Nigeria, over the gruesome attack on Nigerians and their properties.
Bobby following the meeting with the minister denied reports of xenophobic attacks in his country. According to him, the attacks in his country are neither xenophobic nor targeted to Nigerians. He said the attacks are sporadic acts of violence, saying that other South African businesses were also affected.
His statement however contradicts the information Naija Buzz News is getting from Nigerians residing in South Africa.
Following outrage and vehement condemnation of the incident, President Ramaphosa earlier today said that the wave of xenophobic violence is unacceptable.
He noted that the attacks on “foreign nationals is something totally unacceptable, something that we cannot allow to happen in South Africa.”
The president who noted that there is no justification whatsoever for the violence said he would stop it immediately.
“The people of our country want to live in harmony; whatever concerns or grievances we may have, we need to handle them in a democratic way. There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries,” the South African president said in a video earlier today.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.