South African attacks on foreigners shame the continent, says Buhari

Action has been taken to address issues of xenophobia, he says.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari comments on the recent spate of violence against foreign nationals. Image: Siyabulela Duda, GCIS

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday that a wave of deadly violence against Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa last month was an embarrassment to the continent.

In September, rioting and attacks on foreigners led to at least 10 deaths, dozens of injuries and hundreds of arrests, triggering anger at home and abroad.

“The recent acts of xenophobic attacks on our compatriots and other Africans in South Africa are shocking to me, Nigerians and indeed Africa. It was an embarrassment to the continent,” Buhari told a town hall meeting with Nigerians living in South Africa, according to details of his speech on the Nigeria presidency Twitter page.

“As a government, we are quite disturbed by these very unfortunate events and have taken actions and measures to address this issue and prevent their reoccurrence with the South African government,” he added.

Following the attacks, Buhari ordered the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians wanting to return home and around 600 people were repatriated.

Buhari met South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday. They both regretted the violence and subsequent retaliation in Nigeria against South African businesses, pledging instead to deepen trade ties.

Buhari called for peace at the town hall meeting.

“The authorities have expressed their apologies over the incidents and have resolved to take necessary steps to end this ugly trend in the interest of our relationship,” he said.

“Let us therefore give peace a chance and pray we have seen the last of this ugly violence.”

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I see he did not mention why his compatriots all end up doing business in SA. It is quite embarrassing to the continent that they cant do ther business in their place of birth?

Not your country man.

Let’s see: So he mentioned nothing about Nigerians respecting and obeying the laws of a country where they have well earned reputation for drug-running and illegal activities. The victim mentality seems to be widespread than I thought.

Let me guess, Buhari also called on Nigerians not to overstay they visas in South Africa and to obey all laws in South Africa and not to trqffic drugs or engage in 419 scams? Don’t hold you breath. Let me ask, where is that plane that was coming to get all these people who are here illegally, as evidenced by the admission of the Nigerian goverhent itself that their papers were not in order. When are they leaving? I did not see Buhari saying anything about that or did he? Or should I wait for another pointless burb from him before a biological miracle intervenes?

It is rich coming from a Nigerian. Attacks on foreigners is bad but inter-tribal warfare within his country is ok?

And this is where the Zupta faction came in to agitate and cause chaos.

This is not pure xenophobia it is very much a Zupta action to disrupt and make Cr’s presidency uncomfortable and unsuccessful.

Yip – the ANC in the form of Zuma, Ace and others are probably behind the zeno attacks.

They are also behind the trains and trucks arson, burning libraries – all done by Zuma’s former spooks.

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