Ramaphosa’s envoy arrive Nigeria, apologies to Buhari over xenophobic attack on Nigerians


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South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

Many Nigerians had lost their lives and properties due to the increasing xenophobic attacks in the country.

Three special envoys arrived the forecourt of the Presidential Villa, Abuja around 2.13 pm in company with Acting South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Bobby Monroe to deliver President Ramaphosa’s apology to President Buhari during a closed door meeting in Aso Rock.

One of the special envoy, Jeff Radebe briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.

The envoys are in Abuja over the increasing xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans living in South Africa.

Apart from many Nigerians losing their lives in the country due the attacks, the first batch of 189 Nigerians returned to Nigeria from South Africa last week Wednesday.

Many more Nigerians are being expected back to the country on Tuesday.

Due to the continued attacks, many Nigerians have been expecting the Nigerian government to take far reaching decisions over the matter.

But to ward off diplomatic row over the matter, Ramaphosa had dispatched three special envoys to Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, to deliver messages of pan-African unity and solidarity.

The envoys are expected to deliver messages on the violence that erupted in some parts of South Africa resulting in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of properties.


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