President Buhari Directs Immediate Evacuation Of Nigerians From South Africa
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday issued an official statement directing the immediate evacuation of all willing Nigerians form South Africa.
The statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina is coming on the heels of the report of the special envoy sent to convey the president’s thoughts to the South African president.
In the wake of the xenophobic attacks by South Africans against other Africans including Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari sent Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (DGNIA) as his Special Envoy to South Africa, to convey a Special Message to his counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Special Envoy was in Pretoria from Thursday, 5th to Saturday, 7th September 2019 conveyed:
The South African president, Ramaphosa on his part agreed with the Nigerian envoy that the violence in the country was most disconcerting and embarrassing, adding that his government completely rejects such acts, which undermine not only the country’s image but also its relations with brotherly African countries.
President Buhari also instructed the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs to continue to engage with appropriate Authorities on the concrete measure the South African Government is expected to take.
According to the statement, the Special Envoy also interfaced with his South African counterpart, where they reviewed the situation of foreign emigrants in general and Nigerians in particular. They both agreed to work together to find a permanent solution to the root causes of the recurring attacks on Nigerians and their property.