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Xenophobia: President Buhari orders immediate evacuation of Nigerians in South Africa

Amadin Ogbewe



Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa following the rampant Xenophobic attacks in the country. 

The President also sends delegates to relay his message to the South African President over his concerns. 

The South African President had condemned the acts and said that his Government would work on the issue as Buhari promised to secure South African lives and businesses in Nigeria. 

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#Xenophobia: President @MBuhari has given instruction for the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians who are willing to return home.


Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, DG, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) was in Pretoria from Thursday, 5th to Saturday, 7th September 2019 to convey President @MBuhari’s Special Message to his counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Special Envoy, conveyed 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

The deep concern of President @MBuhari and Nigerians about intermittent violence against Nigerians and their property/business interests in South Africa.

President Buhari stressed the need for South African Government to take visible measures to stop violence against citizens of brotherly African nations.

President Buhari is worried that the recurring issue of xenophobia could negatively affect the image and standing of South Africa as one of the leading countries on the continent, if nothing is done to stop it.

President Buhari further assured that the Nigerian Government will guarantee the safety of lives, property and business interests of South Africans in Nigeria.

On his part, President Ramaphosa agreed that the violence 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 Ramaphosa reaffirmed his stand against criminality and committed to do everything possible to protect the rights of every Nigerian and other foreign nationals in the country.

President Buhari has taken note of the report and 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.

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READ: Eyewitness reveals true cause of xenophobic attacks (video)

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