In the heat of xenophobic attacks, photos Governors Nasir El-Rufai, Kayode Fayemi and the Emir of Kano in South Africa surfaced online
– The photos had drawn harsh criticism from some Nigerians who were outraged that the trio were in SA despite FG’s withdrawal of its participation in the World Economic Forum on Africa
– However, Kadaria Ahmed, a Nigerian journalist has explained why the government officials were in South Africa
– According to Kadaria, they were in South Africa for the first Africa in the World conference and not WEF as widely reported
Nigerian journalist Kadaria Ahmed has said Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state and his Kaduna counterpart Nasir El-Rufai were in South Africa for the first Africa in the World conference.
This followed criticisms from Nigerians after photos of El-Rufai, Fayemi and Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi, in South Africa surfaced online in the heat of the dispute over xenophobia.
Nigerians had criticised the trio of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians in South Africa.
In a live video on Twitter, Kadaria said they were already in South Africa before the attacks started. She said 150 carefully selected Africans and non Africans across the world were invited for the conference to discuss some of the biggest problems facing the continent, from climate change, to education, economic problems and others.
She explained that the conference which was conveyed by a Nigerian, Dele Olojode, has been very useful.
Recall that Governor Fayemi had earlier reacted to the report that he attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Cape Town, South Africa.
Denying the report, the governor explained that he was in the country to attend a different event on the invitation of his friend.
“Contrary to some misleading online reports, Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi was not at the World Economic Forum in South Africa. “Rather, the governor is in South Africa to honour an invitation by a long time friend and one of Nigeria’s most celebrated journalist, Mr Dele Olojode at the “Africa in the World Festival of Ideas” which held in Stellensbosch far away from Cape Town,” he said in the statement which his media team issued on his behalf.