President Buhari reacts to xenophobic attacks in South Africa

AFP/…Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a special envoy to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa following reports of a spate of xenophobic attacks in the country.

President Buhari expressed “deep concern” about the security of Nigerian citizens and their property in South Africa.

Taking to Twitter, Buhari said: “I am sending a Special Envoy to President Ramaphosa to share our deep concern about the security of Nigerian lives and property in South Africa, and to ensure that the South African Government is doing everything within its power in this regard.”

The Head of State’s statement comes following a string of reported attacks against foreigners – among them Nigerian citizens – living in South Africa.

According to CNN, several shops and businesses were looted and burned down in riots that broke out in a neighborhood in Johannesburg on Sunday.

“The continuing attacks on Nigerian nationals and businesses in South Africa are unacceptable. Enough is enough. Nigeria will take definitive measures to ensure safety and protection of her citizens,” read a tweet by the Government of Nigeria’s official account.

Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has also since summoned the South African High Commissioner to the West African nation on the same.

President Buhari is now set to make a visit to South Africa in October.

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