Xenophobia: Buhari Receives Envoys Report, Orders Evacuation Of Nigerians From South Africa


President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received the report from Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, the Special Envoy sent to South Africa to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa over the xenophobic attacks on Nigeria.
The President had sent Amb. Abubakar, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (DGNIA) as his Special Envoy to South Africa, to convey a Special Message to his counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Legislative Digest gathered that Buhari upon receipt of the report directed the immediate evacuation of Nigerians willing to return home.
He further directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama to continue to engage with appropriate authorities on the concrete measure the South African Government is expected to take.
Recent Xenophobic attacks in South Africa prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to recall Kabiru Bala, the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa.
The nation also pulled out of the World Economic Forum on Africa, which held in Cape Town, South Africa, from September 4 to 6.
Angry protesters also took to the street demanding the shut down of South African businesses in Nigeria.
The death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa has continued to rise with the frequent xenophobic attacks between 2016 and 2019. Available estimates from Statistics South Africa and the United Nations show that over 30,000 Nigerians live in South Africa.
Data reveal that 127 Nigerians have been killed in three years, while 13 out of these were reportedly killed by South African police. The most disturbing of these killings are extrajudicial killings by the operatives of South African Police Service. From January to June 2019, 10 Nigerians have been killed, either by citizens of South Africans or South African Police Service.


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