President Buhari sends special envoy to South Africa Government and Minister of Foriegn Affairs summons South Africa High Commissioner.
Due to the recent Xenophobic attack on Nigerians by South Africans in their country, Nigeria President Buhari has sent a special envoy to South Africa President concerning the security of the Lives and properties of Nigerians living in South Africa.
Muhammadu Buhari said:
“I am sending a Special Envoy to President Ramaphosa to share our deep concern about the security of Nigerian lives and property in South Africa, and to ensure that the South African Government is doing everything within its power in this regard.”
Also Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has summoned the SA High Commissioner to Nigeria.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari and President Cyril Ramaphosa met in Japan last week and the South African President promised to put a lasting end to the killings but the xenophobic events has gone worst with the recent killings, looting and burning of Nigerians and their properties in South Africa which has come to the displeasure of the Nigerian government.
President Buhari has announced that he will visit South Africa and meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa Next. Top on Agenda will be guaranteeing safety of all Nigerians in SA.
This was announced in a message by the Personal Assistant to the President on News Media, Bashir Ahmad.
“Federal Government’s response to Xenophobic Attacks on Nigerians in South Africa
“President Buhari has dispatched a Special Envoy specifically to address these issues in South Africa and express Nigeria’s outright displeasure and disappointment.
“Nigeria is demanding compensation for family members of victims, and also demanding justice via prosecution of those perpetrating the attacks.
“Federal Government is drawing the line and saying this is no longer going to be tolerated.
“Nigeria condemns possible negligence on the part of law enforcement agents in South Africa and their failure to protect the lives and property of Nigerians.
“This message has been passed to the South African Envoy this morning when the President directed the Foreign Affairs Minister to summon the ambassador of South Africa to explain the situation.
“Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo has spoken very strongly about the matter, describing it as reckless, and unconscionable.
“Nigeria is challenging South Africa to end this gruesome attacks now”