The Nigerian Government has pulled out of the ongoing World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. It also recalled its Ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador Kabiru Bala. The decision was taken at a morning meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday in Abuja.
The government pulled out over the fresh xenophobic attacks in the country. Mr Bashir Ahmad in his tweet on Wednesday further stressed that “VP Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was to represent Nigeria at the World Economic Forum which is currently holding in South Africa but called it off in reaction to the gruesome attacks on Nigerians”.
By this action, Nigeria will follow the examples of Congo, Rwanda and Malawi, who have since pulled out of the Summit.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised Nigerians in South Africa against going to volatile and high-risk areas until the tense situation was brought under control.
It commended the arrest of 70 suspects in connection with the attacks and looting of shops belonging to some Nigerians by the SA authorities.
The MFA spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, in a statement assured Nigerians in South Africa of the protection of the Federal Government.