Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the South African government to prioritize the protection and welfare of foreigners living in the country.
Buhari made the demand while meeting President Cyril Ramaphosa during a days state visit to South Africa on Thursday.
He condemned the xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg, which led to the looting of shops owned by foreign nationals, noting that measures should be put in place to prevent the re-occurrence of such attacks.
“Mr President, we have condemned in strongest terms attacks against Nigerians and other African nationals living in South Africa, including the looting of their shops and businesses and burning of their properties.
“We call for the strengthening and the implementation of all the necessary measures to prevent the reoccurrence of such actions,” Buhari said at the start of the meeting with South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa in response repeatedly apologised over the attacks, reiterated his government’s “deep regret at the incidents of public violence.”
“Some of the acts of violence were directed at foreign nationals and some of whom coming from your own country.
“We firmly condemn all forms of intolerance and will not hesitate to act against criminal acts and violence,” he said.
Both leaders then went into long-planned talks aimed at bolstering trade ties and political cooperation to boost their economies.