Xenophobia: Buhari To Address Nigerians Soon – Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari would soon address the nation over the escalated attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
The minister made the revelation Thursday on Channels Television’s live programme, Politics Today.
Mr Mohammed also clarified the reason Nigeria’s High Commissioner in South Africa was recalled, saying that it was only for consultation.
He said the consultation would be after the President’s Special Envoy has returned from South Africa.
He recalled that as parts of efforts to decisively deal with the attacks, President Muhammadu Buhari dispatched a special envoy to convey to his South
African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, his concern and interact with him.
According to him, the president would address the nation on the matter after the return of the special envoy to the country.
The minister said that the plan to evacuate Nigerians who are willing to return home from South Africa was a private initiative, which was welcomed by the federal government.
The minister said besides boycotting the World Economic Forum on Africa, WEF, being hosted by South Africa, the government is considering other measures to keep Nigerians in South Africa safe.
He therefore enjoined Nigerians not to resort to self help by attacking South African businesses in Nigeria.
Mohammed also alerted Nigerians to the fake video clips being circulated on the social media purportedly showing how Nigerians are being killed in South Africa.
He said the fake video clips are meant to inflame passions and complicating government efforts to calm frayed nerves at home.