President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the voluntary evacuation of Nigerians in South Africa.
The president gave this directive after receiving the report of the special envoy evaluating the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
He had sent a delegation led by the director-general of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar to convey a message of concern to president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.
In a statement today, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina said the envoy expressed the president’s concern about the intermittent violence against Nigerians and their business interests in South Africa.
He said the president instructed the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama to engage with appropriate authorities on the concrete measures the South African government is expected to take.
According to the presidential spokesperson, Ramaphosa described the violent attacks as “disconcerting and embarrassing”.
The aide quoted President Ramaphosa as reaffirming his stand against criminality and committed to do everything possible to protect the rights of every Nigerian and other foreign nationals in the country.