Xenophobia Attack: We Are Sorry – South Africa Begs Nigeria

Jeff Radebe, Special Envoy of President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, delivers the apology letter to President Muhammau Buhari in Abuja on 16 September 2019 / Photo: Femi Adesina/Facebook

The President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, has apologize to Nigerians over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in his country. He said the ugly incidents did not represent the values his country cherished.

Ramaphosa’s apology was delivered to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja by a special envoy he sent with his Nigerian counterpart. The envoy, Mr Jeff Radebe, came to see Buhari in company with the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Bobby Monroe, and two other officials.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, Radebe said, “We met with President Buhari to convey President Ramaphosa’s sincerest apologies about the incidents that have recently transpired in South Africa.

“The incidents do not represent what we stand for as a constitutional democracy in South Africa and the President has apologised for these incidents. “He has also instructed law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned to bring those involved to book.

“He (Ramaphosa) also conveyed his resolve of ensuring that both Nigeria and South Africa continued to play a critical role in the rebuilding of Africa to attend the agenda 2063; the Africa that we want.

“We also recalled with fun memories the historical times that exit between Nigeria and South Africa. During the dark days of apartheid, we knew that the Nigerian people and their government stood behind our leaders, who were fighting against the obnoxious system of apartheid.”

He noted that leaders on the African continent must use the crisis as an opportunity to “make sure that the scourge of unemployment, poverty and inequality in Africa is attended to by our leaders.”

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Radebe added that during Buhari’s planned visit to South Africa on October 3, the two leaders would take advantage of the existing Bi-Mission Commission to “address all those issues of mutual concern about South Africa and Nigeria.”

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