South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has apologised to Nigeria over the xenophobic attacks in his country.
Ramaphosa sent one of his cabinet ministers, Jeff Radebe, with a delegation led by the South African ambassador to Nigeria, Bobby Monroe, to deliver an apology to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Monday, September 16.
Background: President Muhammadu Buhari had on September 3 sent a special envoy to meet with the South African president after it was announced that Nigeria had withdrawn its ambassador to South Africa from the country.
Recall that Obasanjo in a letterurged Nigerians and other African countries affected by xenophobic attacks to report South African to the African Union. He said:
- “At this juncture, there is need for fence-mending, reconciliation and wound-binding between South Africa and the countries whose citizens have been victims of xenophobia and Afrophobia in South Africa.”
What it means: South African President’s apology might pacify the Nigerian government which has been considering a number of sanctions against the country should the security of Nigerians remain threatened in the country. Nigeria might as well reconsider the withdrawal of its ambassador to South Africa, Kabiru Bala.