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Xenophobia: President Buhari sends special envoy to South Africa

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In response to the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, President Muhammadu Buhari, has sent a special envoy to the country.

This was made known in a recent statement released earlier today by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity).

According to the statement, Buhari noted with deep concern, reported attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since August 29, 2019.

The recurring attacks on Nigerians in the country are part of wider xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the rainbow nation.

South Africans had on Sunday begun fresh attacks, looting and burning of businesses and properties belonging to foreigners and killing some people in the process.

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.

The Federal Government, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, also summoned the South African High Commissioner in Nigeria, Bobby Moroe, over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

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