Buhari Calls For Protection Of Nigerians, Foreigners Living In South Africa

Elias Hubbard
October 3, 2019

After a gap of six years, the foreign ministers of South Africa and Nigeria finally presided over a Binational Commission (BNC) in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Buhari said police and intelligence forces in both countries should be alert to avoid further violence.

Shehu disclosed that Buhari and his host, President Cyril Ramophosa, would co-chair the meeting on Thursday.

The Bi-National Commission meeting was elevated to the level of Presidents' participation, following the strategic position of the two economies in Africa and the need for stronger relations.

Before the meeting, which will be held at the Union Building, both presidents will discuss issues of mutual interests relating to the welfare of citizens and expanding economic and cultural ties.

Mr Shehu said the visit will enable "harmonious relations between the two largest economies in Africa, and open up more frontiers of opportunities for prosperity by encouraging more exchange and investments, especially for Nigerians".

The three-day state visit, by Buhari to South Africa is the first by a Nigerian leader since 2013, had been planned before the wave of violence.

A "town hall meeting" between Buhari and Nigerians living in South Africa is scheduled for Friday to listen to the expats' experience and showcase efforts to support them.

Buhari condemned the xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg, South Africa's capital which led to the looting of shops owned by foreign nationals.

The Nigerian government also called for compensation for Nigerians whose businesses were destroyed in the attacks. In Nigeria's megacity Lagos, operations of South African telecommunications giant MTN were targeted in retaliatory attacks.

The periodic violence against foreigners in South Africa is in sharp contrast to the hospitality that other African nations showed to black South Africans during their long fight against the harsh system of white minority rule known as apartheid, which ended in 1994.

"South Africa is determined to continue working together with our sister country, Nigeria, to fast-track continental co-operation and to take stock of the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement", Pandor said.

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