The President-elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), on Saturday expressed full support for the steps taken by the Federal Government to protect Nigerians from xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
This was contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Publicity, All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja.
“Nigeria’s Head of Mission in Pretoria had taken the right steps by advising the Nigerian community in South Africa to close their shops, stay at home and keep out of trouble.
“Nigerians in South Africa should obey the laws of their host country,’’ the statement quoted Buhari as saying.
According to the statement, we equally understand that the South African government is making efforts to bring an end to this unfortunate situation.
“In the meantime, Nigerians in South Africa should abide by the words of caution extended to them by their government’s representative in Pretoria.
“I am happy to see that the Nigerian government is very well aware of its responsibilities to its citizens in South Africa,’’ the statement stated.
Buhari, in the statement, commended the Federal Government for its decision to monitor the situation in South Africa and evacuate its citizens at any sign of escalation.
The statement expressed the president-elect’s sadness at the unfolding events in South Africa, recalling Nigeria’s friendly relations with the country since the end of apartheid.
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