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President Buhari, Ramaphosa vow to prevent xenophobic attacks

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
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President Muhammadu Buhari and his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, have vowed to put in place all measures needed to prevent a reoccurrence of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners in that country.

In a joint communiqué by both leaders at the end of their meeting on Thursday in Pretoria, South Africa.

At the meeting, President Ramaphosa briefed President Buhari on the recent incidents of violence affecting foreign nationals living in his country.

He also acknowledged that the attacks on foreigners were not consistent with the values and principles underpinning the country’s constitutional democracy.

The South African leader, however, dispelled the notion that incidents of violence affecting foreign nationals were targeted at Nigerian nationals, saying other foreign nationals and South Africans were also affected.

He assured President Buhari that the South African government was fully in control of the situation and several interventions, including engagements with the diplomatic community and others, were underway.

On his part, President Buhari who condemned the attacks on Nigerians expressed profound gratitude for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation.

He also invited his South African counterpart to pay a reciprocal visit to Nigeria on a date to be jointly agreed and communicated through diplomatic channels.

Read the full text of Press Conference at Union Buildings,Pretoria South Africa

03 OCTOBER, 2019

Your Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa,

Honourable Ministers,

Senior Officials,

Members of the press,

At the invitation of my Brother, President Cyril Ramaphosa, I arrived South Africa yesterday for a State Visit and the inaugural meeting of our Bi-National Commission at Heads of State level;

My delegation and I have been warmly received by the Government and people of South Africa;

During the course of the working session, we reviewed a wide range of bilateral, regional, continental and global issues of common interest and concern to our two countries and peoples;

We underscored the long historical ties of friendship and solidarity between our two peoples which have since been upgraded to a special and strategic partnership, manifest in the large number of agreements between our two countries;

We agreed on the need for us to strengthen even further our cooperation in areas such as peace building, good governance and sustainable development in Africa, in order to deliver “”the Africa we want.”

We noted with satisfaction that the 32 signed agreements and MoUs between the Republic of South Africa and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, cover such areas as trade, investment, energy, mining, defence and security issues, police affairs, immigration, tourism and environment among others.

We stressed the need to implement agreements in force, ratify signed agreements not in force and renew expired agreements.

Against this background, our two countries have also agreed to unequivocally address the challenges in our relations including the recent people to people challenges that saw attacks against foreign nationals, including Nigerians, and their properties, which we strongly condemned.

We have decided to work and take concrete measures together to prevent the recurrence of such unacceptable incidents in the future.

We have also committed to reinforcing our leadership role for peace, security and development in Africa.

I thank you very much.

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