Recent Xenophobic attacks targeted at Nigerians in South Africa has finally gotten an official response from the Nigerian Presidency. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday expressed “deep concern,” over the attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since August 29, 2019.
Reacting to the overwhelming reports of the attack, President Buhari has sent an emissary to meet with South African Authorities. The President dispatched special diplomatic envoy with a message to his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday.
A statement issued by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina announce the departure of the special envoy to engage the President of South Africa over the on-going loss of Nigerian lives and properties in South Africa.
The statement reads: “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.”