Buhari, Ramaphosa to get proactive steps from Xenophobia


President Muhammadu Buhari and his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, have settled to institute proactive measures wanted to reduce a reoccurrence of xenophobic assaults on Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa.

Newswatch.ng recollects that President Muhammadu Buhari experienced on Wednesday, Oct 2, arrived Pretoria, South Africa, for a state visit and 9th conference of the Bi-Countrywide Commission.

The two head of states promised this which was was manufactured identified in a joint communique issued at the finish of their assembly on Thursday in Pretoria, South Africa.

At the meeting, President Ramaphosa briefed President Buhari on the latest incidents of violence impacting international nationals living in his country.

He also acknowledged that the assaults on foreigners ended up not dependable with the values and rules underpinning the country’s constitutional democracy.

The South African leader, on the other hand, dispelled the notion that incidents of violence affecting foreign nationals ended up qualified at Nigerian nationals, indicating other foreign nationals and South Africans had been also affected.

Ramaphosa also confident President Buhari that the South African govt was absolutely in regulate of the condition and quite a few interventions, which includes engagements with the diplomatic community and other folks, ended up underway.

On his part, President Buhari who condemned the attacks on Nigerians expressed profound gratitude for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation.

President Buhari also invited President Ramaphosa to pay out a reciprocal stop by to Nigeria on a day to be jointly agreed and communicated by diplomatic channels.

Study the comprehensive text of the joint communique issued by both Presidents under:


03 October 2019

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Cyril Ramaphosa His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, paid out a Point out Visit to South Africa from 02 – 04 Oct 2019, and attended the inaugural session of the elevated Bi-National Commission (BNC), as portion of continuing bilateral engagements aimed at strengthening and deepening cooperation between South Africa and Nigeria.

President Buhari was accompanied by a high-stage delegation comprising State Governors, Ministers, and Senior Government Officials.

The two Heads of State reviewed a wide assortment of bilateral, continental and international concerns of popular desire. They acknowledged the historic and strategic relations that exist concerning the two countries, and the have to have to even further fortify the ties of friendship and cooperation.

The two Presidents noted with gratification the continued trade of substantial-level visits and meetings concerning the two nations. In this regard, they recalled the thriving functioning stop by of President Ramaphosa to Nigeria in July 2018, all through which the two Heads of State reaffirmed their collective want and commitment to enhance political, economic and social relations amongst the two nations around the world.

The two Presidents appreciated the extensive mother nature of the two countries’ bilateral cooperation which handles, amongst other people Trade and Expenditure, Power, Mining, Defence and Safety issues, Justice, Police, Immigration, Tourism, Environment, Schooling, transport as nicely as Science and Technological innovation. In this regard, the two Presidents took note of the 30-two (32) signed Agreements and Memoranda of Comprehension (MoUs), and dedicated by themselves to ensuring that people which are in drive are completely applied whilst those people which are not nonetheless in drive are to be revived for implementation.

Equally Presidents observed with wonderful pleasure the financial cooperation amongst the two Republics and welcomed the measures to enhance trade volumes as nicely as private sector investments. They welcomed the significant function of the Organization Forum, which took location on the margins of the Condition Take a look at. The two leaders more welcomed the decision to set up a Joint Ministerial Advisory Council on Business, Trade, and Expenditure. The inaugural assembly of the Council would be held not afterwards than April 2020, in Abuja. The Council is envisioned to provide as a significant automobile in facilitating and promoting private sector participation in the economies of both of those nations.

The two leaders took take note of the substantial footprint of South African enterprises working in Nigeria in sectors these types of as telecommunications, mining, aviation, banking and finance, retail, assets, leisure and quickly food stuff industries. They also pointed out and welcomed the company routines of Nigeria’s tiny, micro and medium enterprises, as effectively as the investment of Dangote Sephaku Cement in South Africa.

President Ramaphosa utilized the option of the assembly to quick President Buhari on the recent incidents of violence in South Africa influencing foreign nationals. He also alluded to the actuality that these regrettable incidents are not consistent with the values and ideas underpinning South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

President Ramaphosa also dispelled the notion that incidents of violence affecting international nationals ended up qualified at Nigerian nationals, as other international nationals and indeed South Africans were being impacted as effectively. The President certain his counterpart that the South African Governing administration was thoroughly in handle of the circumstance and a number of interventions which include engagements with the diplomatic neighborhood and émigré communities, safety functions, policy, and laws assessments had been underway.

The two Presidents strongly condemned the attacks versus overseas nationals which includes Nigerians in South Africa and the reprisal actions in opposition to South Africans and their passions in Nigeria. They expressed a powerful commitment to consider all required steps to end a recurrence of these assaults which they reported undermine the vision of a solid and affluent Africa that the two international locations have for the continent.

President Ramaphosa further contended that South Africa is an integral part of the African continent and, in this context advocates for a tranquil, lively and sustainable Africa and that as Africans, we all have a shared determination to foster peace and bigger continental unity. He further mentioned that we ought to in no way neglect that our fellow Africans have contributed to acquiring our financial system, and that of the area and in the same way South Africans are encouraging to create economies across the continent.

Equally Presidents condemned these violent incidents and the destruction of home and reiterated their get in touch with for heightened legislation enforcement. They stressed the importance of substantial-level engagements on this unfortunate phenomenon as shown by the reciprocal dispatch of Distinctive Envoys by both of those nations around the world. In this regard, the two Presidents endorsed the establishment of an Early Warning System and directed the two Foreign Ministers to give sensible expression to the Early Warning System to be used as a preventative and checking system.

The two Presidents more endorsed the reestablishment of the Republic of South Africa and the Federal Republic of Nigeria consular Forum to satisfy twice a year.

At the Continental stage, the two Presidents exchanged views on the present-day political, financial and safety predicament in their respective areas. They also expressed their grave worry on the ongoing instability in some of the countries on the Continent and strongly condemned the continued terrorist and extremist functions.

Both leaders reaffirmed their motivation to working alongside one another in pursuit of sustainable peace and economic improvement on the continent in the context of AU Agenda 2063 and the African Continental Free Trade Region Settlement (AfCFTA).

On the intercontinental entrance, President Ramaphosa seized the prospect of the conference to congratulate Nigeria as the present-day Chair of the 74th Session of the United Nations Typical Assembly (UNGA). In the same vein, President Buhari also congratulated South Africa as the President of the United Nations Protection Council for the month of October 2019 and as the impending chair of the African Union for the yr 2020. They reiterated their contact for the reform of the United Nations Safety Council.

President Buhari expressed profound gratitude for the heat reception and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation. He also took the opportunity to invite President Ramaphosa to shell out a reciprocal check out to the Federal Republic of Nigeria on a day to be jointly agreed and communicated via diplomatic channels.

In conclusion, the two Presidents reaffirmed the strategic relations that exist in between the two sister Republics and fully commited them selves to operating alongside one another to further enrich close political, economic and social cooperation in the fascination of their people today and the continent.


03 Oct 2019



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