Xenophobia: South African envoys arrive Abuja on peace mission

The envoys sent by President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa to Nigeria to have peace talks with President Muhammadu Buhari, have arrived Abuja. Led by Bobby Monroe, the South African high commissioner to Nigeria, the envoys landed Nigeria in the afternoon of Monday, September 16. The meetings with President Buhari at Aso Rock Villa is part of South Africa’s efforts to resolve issues caused by xenophobic attacks against Nigerians. According to The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the high commissioner stated that both nations were working progressively toward adopting an Early Warning Mechanism (EWM) aimed at tackling xenophobia. Monroe also said that the envoys will deliver a special message to President Buhari from President Ramaphosa; their visit to Nigeria reaffirms the longstanding relations between South Africa and Nigeria.

He added: “The visit also seeks to cement these relations further ahead of the state visit to South Africa by President Buhari on Oct. 3.

We look forward to fruitful discussions between the special envoy and President Buhari. The EWM is a progressive initiative by both countries to deal with the challenges we face. It remains work in progress and we hope that it will be finalised at a mutually convenient time.”