President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja to South Africa. The trip is necessitated by waves of xenophobic attacks by South Africans against foreigners (especially Africans) of which Nigerians are prominent victims.
The attacks reached its height several weeks ago when Nigerians at home reacted angrily against South African interests. Diplomatic relations between the two countries became cold after President Buhari recalled the nation’s High Commissioner, boycotted a World Economic Forum Event and summoned SA’s High Commissioner to Nigeria.
President is accompanied in the diplomatic shuttle by governors, ministers and other officials. Some Nigerians have expressed reservation over the trip, however the President’s response is quoted below:
“I’m going to South Africa because here, no South African life is in danger but there, I can’t say the same for Nigerians, I want to meet Nigerians in South Africa and see, hear their predicaments myself. Of course, I’m going to see the President of South Africa. Saying this is an insult on Nigeria is laughable, when MTN had problems here, South African President was here twice…. How much more human beings that are citizens of Nigeria?”