Buhari dispatches special envoy to South Africa over xenophobic killings

September 3, 2019
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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.

A statement Tuesday by the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina, said the special envoy, who was expected to arrive 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.”

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