Xenophobia: Buhari Sends Special Envoy to South Africa Amidst Escalating Tension

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SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 03 – As attacks against Nigerians and their properties in South Africa escalates, president Muhammadu Buhari has sent a special envoy to the former apartheid country amidst widespread anger amongst Nigerians at home.

Buhari has also instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to summon the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria and get a brief on the situation

Below is the statement signed by the president’s media aide, Femi Adesina:

“President Muhammadu Buhari has noted with deep concern, reported attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since August 29, 2019.


“Consequently, the President has instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to summon the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria and get a brief on the situation; express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens; and assurance of the safety of their lives and property.


“President Buhari has also despatched a Special Envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa his concerns and also interact with his South African counterpart on the situation.
The Special Envoy is expected to arrive in Pretoria latest Thursday, September 5, 2019.”
 

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