Xenophobia: Buhari receives report of special envoy to South Africa, Orders Immediate Evacuation of Nigerians

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President Muhammadu Buhari has given instruction for the immediate evacuation of all Nigerians who are willing to return home from South Africa.

The President gave this order after he received the report of the special envoy sent to South Africa to convey a Special Message to President Cyril Ramaphosa over the recent xenophobic attacks in the country.

In the wake of the xenophobic attacks by South Africans against other Africans including Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari had sent Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (DGNIA) as his Special Envoy to South Africa, to convey a Special Message to his counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa.

According to a statement by the President’s special media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Envoy, who was in Pretoria from Thursday, 5th to Saturday, 7th September 2019 conveyed the deep concern of President Buhari and Nigerians about intermittent violence against Nigerians and their property/business interests in South Africa.

Mr Adesina further disclosed that President Buhari stressed the need for South African Government to take visible measures to stop violence against citizens of brotherly African nations.

He stated that President Buhari is worried that the recurring issue of xenophobia could negatively affect the image and standing of South Africa as one of the leading countries on the continent, if nothing is done to stop it.

The President’s media aide noted that the Special Envoy conveyed the assurance of President Buhari that the Nigerian Government is ready and willing to collaborate with the South African Government to

find a lasting solution to the involvement of few Nigerians in criminal activities, and to protect the lives and property of the larger groups of other law abiding Nigerians and indeed Africans in general, against all forms of attacks including xenophobia.

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