Nigeria Dispatches Special Envoy to South Africa over Xenophobic Killings
London, Sep 3, 2019 (AltAfrica)-President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched a Special Envoy to South Africa to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa his concerns about the on going xenophobic attacks against Nigerian citizens and their properties.
The senseless xenophobic attacks in the country have targeted Nigerians and other foreign nationals
The president’s directive was contained in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina.
Mr Adesina said Mr Buhari has “noted with deep concern, reported attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since August 29, 2019.”
According to the statement, the special envoy, who is expected in Pretoria latest on Thursday, will also interact with the South African president on the situation.
The statement read: “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.”
Earlier, the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa said President Buhari would travel to South Africa next month over the attacks.
The high commission condemned the attacks and pledged to defend the interests of Nigerians in South Africa.
“All Nigerian victims of the current attacks are requested to come forward to report their situation to the high commission and the consulate,” Kabiru Bala, the high commissioner wrote in a statement.