President Muhammadu Buhari has noted with deep concern, the reported attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since August 29 and has dispatched a special envoy to South Africa over xenophobic attacks in the country that have targeted other foreign nationals as well.
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.”
“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.”