XENOPHOBIA: I Will Help You Tackle Nigerian Criminals In Your Country, President Buhari Pledges To South African President, Ramaphosa.

Ramaphsa & Buhari

The President, Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to work with the South African authorities to “find a lasting solution to the involvement of few Nigerians in criminal activities” in South Africa.


This was disclosed by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, who on Monday provided details of the discussion between Ahmed Rufai and President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ahmed Rufai, head of the National Intelligence Agency, was Mr Buhari’s special envoy to South Africa on the xenophobic attacks in the country and as reported by PREMIUM TIMES, the South African government has narrated transpired between Mr Rufai and Mr Ramaphosa of South Africa.

According to a statement on Monday, Femi Adesina, narrated a similar discussion as explained by the South African authorities.

Adesina said that Ahmed Rufai has returned and has briefed the Nigerian president on his discussion with the South African leader, with the envoy conveying “the deep concern of President Buhari and Nigerians about intermittent violence against Nigerians and their property/business interests in South Africa.”

The statement says that “The Special Envoy conveyed the assurance of President Buhari that the Nigerian Government is ready and willing to collaborate with the South African Government to find a lasting solution to the involvement of few Nigerians in criminal activities in South Africa, alleging that some Nigerians who are engaged in these criminal activities have been used by many South Africans to justify the xenophobic attacks.

The Special Envoy according to the report, conveyed the assurance of President Buhari that the Nigerian Government is ready and willing to collaborate with the South African Government to find a lasting solution to the involvement of few Nigerians in criminal activities, and to protect the lives and property of the larger groups of other law abiding Nigerians and indeed Africans in general, against all forms of attacks including xenophobia, with further assurances that the Nigerian Government will guarantee the safety of lives, property and business interests of South Africans in Nigeria.