JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday denounced recent xenophobic violence in South Africa as an “embarrassment” for the continent, as he wrapped up a state visit.
Buhari’s trip was overshadowed by a spate of recent attacks against foreign workers in South Africa, where the unemployment rate stands at 29 per cent, with much of the violence targetting Nigerians.
Mobs descended on foreign-owned stores in and around Johannesburg in early September, destroying properties and looting and at least 12 people, mostly South Africans, were killed.
“The recent acts of xenophobic attacks on our compatriots and other Africans in South Africa are shocking to me, Nigerians and indeed Africa. It was an embarrassment to the continent,” he said.
“As a government, we are quite disturbed by these very unfortunate events and have taken actions and measures to address this issue and prevent their reoccurrence with the South African government.”