The South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has begged Nigeria and Nigerians over the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians which have seen many of them losing their lives and their businesses.
The apology was conveyed by the special envoy sent to Nigeria, Jeff Radebe, who delivered the apology letter to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Monday, September 16.
In the letter, Ramaphosa begged Nigeria and Nigerians to forgive their country and citizens over the xenophobic attacks in his country. He said the ugly incidents did not represent the values his country cherished.
Radebe who was in company with the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Monroe, and two other officials, while speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, said:
“We met with President Buhari to convey President Ramaphosa’s sincerest apologies about the incidents that have recently transpired in South Africa.
The incidents do not represent what we stand for as a constitutional democracy in South Africa and the President has apologized for these incidents.
He has also instructed law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned to bring those involved to book.
He (Ramaphosa) also conveyed his resolve of ensuring that both Nigeria and South Africa continued to play a critical role in the rebuilding of Africa to attend the agenda 2063, the Africa that we want.
We also recalled with fun memories the historical times that exit between Nigeria and South Africa. During the dark days of apartheid, we knew that the Nigerian people and their government stood behind our leaders who were fighting against the obnoxious system of apartheid.
Leaders on the African continent must use the crisis as an opportunity to make sure that the scourge of unemployment, poverty and inequality in Africa is attended to by our leaders.”
Radebe added that during Buhari’s scheduled visit to South Africa on October 3, the two leaders would take advantage of the existing Bi-Mission Commission to address all those issues of mutual concern about South Africa and Nigeria.