South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will later discuss the safety of Nigerians.
On Wednesday morning in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, Ramaphosa, who is on a three nations state visits to Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, condemned xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, and made an undertaking that one of the issues he will discuss with Buhari is the safety of Nigerians.
The 65-year-old South African President said that he wanted to see relations between Nigeria and South – the continent’s largest economies – improve “exponentially”.
He said: “The continent is looking at an agreement that will address the movement of people. We (South Africa) have become an oasis that has attracted a lot of people into our country and it gives rise to a number of challenges. One of the challenges that we are having to deal with as a country is safety and security of our people as a whole.
“Our government has been clear and strong on this. We will act against anyone who seeks to attack anybody on the basis of their race, their origin or the way they look. We are very clear on that…In terms of safety and security, our safety and security institutions are now taking serious action against people who resort to criminality. I have brought with me here ministers who deal with safety and security matters.
“Later I am going to see the President (Buhari). I made it a specific issue that I want to see the relations between Nigeria and South Africa improved exponentially, so that my sister (Ifejika) we are able to deal with the problem you talking about. When I meet the president we are going to discuss precisely this issue, the way the number of Nigerians feel fearful in our country. We are going to address it, that is why the Minister of Defence, Minister of Police are here.”