Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, is asking Nigerians affected by the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa to return to the country
– Obasanjo notes that the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has taken the right steps to curtail future re-occurrences
– The former president says Ramaphosa has affirmed that his country made a mistake that should be corrected
Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria, has pleaded with Nigerians recently affected by the xenophobic attacks in South Africa to return to the country.
The Nigerian Tribune reports that Obasanjo also commended the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, for the steps he took concerning the attacks in the country.
Ramaphosa had sent a team to African countries affected by the attacks including Nigeria which had some of its citizens evacuated.
He said on Saturday, September 28, in Abeokuta, Ogun state that Ramaphosa did well by apologising to affected countries.
Obasanjo said he met with the South African president recently and that part of the discussion centred on the need for the establishment of a bi-lateral commission between Nigeria and the country.
The former president said: “One good thing among many things the president told me was that ‘there are so much at stake and whatever mistake we have made, we have to correct it’.
“And I think that was very good statement and I know that he meant it because he immediately said look what can we do or should we do?”
Obasanjo said he also met with Nigeria’s consul-general and fortunately in this particular incident, there was no Nigerian who lost his or her life. “The issue of compensation can be done if you have genuine list of those who lost properties or what they lost, there can be compensation of some sort and that I believe this is one of the things we should be talking about,” he added.