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Nigeria: SA says sorry as exit of nationals hurt economy

South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa Monday, September 17 apologized to Nigeria for the recent xenophobic attacks on its nationals. The apology was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari in the state house, Abuja, by two special envoys president Ramaphosa sent to Nigeria yesterday.

Ramaphosa’s special envoy, Jeff Radebe explained that the South African government was already taking care of the situation with specific instructions to security agencies to apprehend the culprits.

President Cyril Ramaphosa in a bid to put out the fires of the xenophobic violence in South Africa has dispatched special envoys to heads of state in Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

The renewed xenophobic incidents as a result of the prevailing scourge of unemployment, poverty and inequality in South Africa, was beginning to impact the country’s economy negatively, hence the need for diplomatic intervention in order to stop the attacks.

The South African leader’s envoy, Monday told Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari that none of his citizens died in the recent anti-foreigner violence in South Africa. Radebe disclosed 10 people died during the attacks two – Zimbabweans and eight South Africans.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of Nigerians abandoned in South Africa over xenophobic attacks continues today, as additional 319 people are to leave South Africa.

Some observers say the Nigerian government cannot do anything about the violence against its citizens in South Africa beyond making a few symbolic diplomatic moves and bringing up once again the Nigerian role in liberating South Africans from its white oppressors.

Nigeria’s State House early September, announced Buhari is to visit South Africa sometime in October.

Due to the xenophobic attacks, President Cyril Ramaphosa will not attend this year’s UN general assembly. He is rather staying in South Africa to concentrate on critical issues affecting the country.

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