President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after his two-day visit to South Africa, Concise News reports.
The new Media Aide to the President, Bashir Ahmed, shared photos of his arrival on Twitter on Friday.
This news medium had reported that Buhari on Thursday asked his South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure the protection of Nigerians and other foreigners in the ‘rainbow nation.’
President Buhari demanded that measures be put in place to prevent a repeat of the xenophobic 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,” Buhari said at the start of his meeting with Ramaphosa.
“We call for the strengthening and the implementation of all the necessary measures to prevent the reoccurrence of such actions.”
Responding, Ramaphosa repeatedly apologised over the attacks, as he restated his government’s “deep regret at the incidents of public violence”.
He said, “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.”
Later the two African leaders also co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the 9th Bi-National Commission at the seat of government, Union Building, Pretoria, on Thursday.
At the meeting, President Buhari urged the South African government to open up its economy to allow the influx of more Nigerian businesses.
The Nigerian President also urged the South African government to create a business environment that would guarantee their safety.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) October 4, 2019