Buhari Meets With South African Special Envoy
President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the South African special envoy, Mr Jeff Radebe.
The meeting held on Monday behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Also present were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Kabiru Bala; as well as the acting South African High Commissioner in Nigeria, Bobby Moroe.
During the visit, the special envoy presented a letter and conveyed the message from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to President Buhari.
Ramaphosa, according to Radebe, said the attacks provided a good opportunity for African leaders to tackle unemployment and inequality in the entire continent.
He added that the issue of compensation to Nigerian victims would feature during President Buhari’s visit to South Africa on October 3.
President Buhari’s meeting with Mr Radebe came barely one day after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa sent special envoys to Nigeria and six other countries over the xenophobic attacks in his country.
This followed a situation in Zimbabwe where he was booed while addressing mourners at late Robert Mugabe’s funeral on Saturday last week.
Apart from Nigeria, the representatives were instructed to visit Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.
The South African leader asked the envoys to deliver messages of solidarity to the Heads of State and Governments of those nations following the attacks on their citizens in his country.
Other South Africans assigned to visit those countries are Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo and Dr Khulu Mbatha.
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