PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a yet unnamed Special Envoy to Pretoria, to convey to the South Africa president, Cyril Ramaphosa his concerns over the recent attacks on Nigerians and property in South Africa since August 29, 2019.
The special envoy, who is expected to be in South Africa on Thursday, will interact with his South African counterpart on the depressing situation.
Buhari’s action has received mixed feelings on social media.
While some considered his action belated, others feel his response is slow and not enough in the face of the hostilities.
Some of these that twitted urged for the closure of South African business concerns like the Shoprite Shopping Mall, Mtn, and Multichoice.
Meanwhile former deputy president of the senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has continued xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals in South Africa, describing it as “un-African, barbaric, and unparalleled acts of ingratitude.”
Ekweremadu regretted that the South African Government had not done enough to end the attacks as he called on the Nigerian Government to consider suspension of diplomatic ties with South Africa until things changed.
In a statement Tuesday by his media adviser, Uche Anichukwu, the senator
stated: “I find the incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals in South Africa very un-African, barbaric, and unparalleled acts of ingratitude.
“It is quite disturbing that the Government of South Africa has not taken decisive steps to end these attacks, which have led to wanton loss of lives and properties of fellow Africans, especially Nigerians.
“The attacks defy and desecrate everything African brotherhood stands for, especially for a country that gained freedom with the support, sweat, and sacrifice of fellow African nations among which Nigeria clearly stands out.
“The attacks have reached scary and desperate degrees and call for desperate actions on the part of Nigeria, African nations, and the African Union.
“It will therefore not be out of place for the Federal Government to suspend diplomatic relations with SA until full assurance of safety of Nigerians and their properties in South African are secured, adequate compensation paid for the damages, and the perpetrators also brought to book.”
Ekweremadu urged the African Union (AU) to call South Africa to order, noting that “the African Union could be reduced to an empty shell if law abiding African nationals cannot find peace and safety in a fellow African nation like South Africa, but are instead savaged by people who should be their brother’s keeper.”
AU, he said should sanction South Africa and suspend her for unprovoked acts of hostilities against fellow Africans countries who fought for the freedom they enjoy today.