President Buhari receives South Africa’s Special Envoy

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received the South African special envoy sent by President Cyril Ramaphosa, following recent attacks on Nigerians residing in South Africa.

The Envoy, Jeff Radebe, who arrived at the Presidential Villa, around 13:15 GMT met behind closed doors with the Nigerian President.

Jeff Radebe, who was in company of two others, were at the Presidential Villa alongside the acting High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, Mr. Bobby Monroe.

Apart from many Nigerians losing their lives in South Africa over recent attacks, the first batch of 189 Nigerians returned to Nigeria last week Wednesday while more are expected back in Nigeria on Tuesday.

Due to the 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 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 meeting with President Buhari is expected to reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to rule of law as well as the safety of Nigerians residing there.

The envoy is also expected to brief the Nigerian leader on the steps that the South African government is taking to bring a stop to the attacks and to hold the perpetrators to account.

President Buhari had a fortnight ago also sent a special envoy, the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Abubakar Rufai, to Ramaphosa, as a result of the attacks on Nigerians.

Rufia had submitted his report to President Buhari on his return to Nigeria.

Omolayo.A