SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 04 – President Muhammadu Buhari has come under criticisms after telling Nigerians in South Africa to behave like Romans when they are in Rome, in the aftermath of xenophobic attacks.
“Like it is said, ‘when you are in Rome behave like the Romans’. Always be law-abiding,’’ he said.
Buhari is in South Africa on a three-day state visit. The president left Nigeria on Wednesday through the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu in a statement had said the visit was at the instance of President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss the welfare of Nigerians, and enhance the relations between both countries.
While speaking with Nigerians on Thursday in Pretoria, South Africa, Buhari called for tolerance, vigilance and heightened security in countries to ensure the safety of citizens.
He noted that competition heralded by globalisation, especially with ease in migration, will only get more intense for businesses.
The president likened the situation of Nigerians in South Africa to Ghana where competition at low levels of the economy breeds intense competition, noting that it will keep growing with population explosion.
Mr Buhari told Nigerians living in various parts of the world, especially in South Africa, to adhere to the laws of the country they reside and ensure compliance with market laws.
See some of the comments on twitter below: