… Govs Ganduje, Umahi, Lalong among presidential entourage
Following the lingering xenophobic attacks launched on Nigerians living in South Africa by indigent South Africans, President Muhammadu Buhari has made move to meet with his counterpart in South Africa.
Buhari who is accompanied by governors of Ebonyi, Plateau and Kano states; David Umahi, Simon Lalong and Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and other top government officials is expected to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss the welfare of Nigerians in South Africa.
In a release made available Tuesday by the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, Buhari will depart Abuja today, Wednesday on the three-day State and will return on Friday.
The statement added that President Buhari will hold a town hall meeting with Nigerians living in South Africa to find out their experiences and challenges with the view of proffering protection for them and promotion of their peaceful co-existence.
The statement reads in parts,
“The visit comes against the background of recent xenophobic attacks, the evacuation of hundreds of Nigerians and the exchange of visits by Special Envoys of Presidents Buhari and Ramaphosa.
“While in South Africa, the Nigerian leader will hold a town hall meeting with Nigerians living in the country, with a view to sharing in their experiences and reassuring them of the Nigerian government’s commitment to working for the protection of their lives and property and promoting peaceful co-existence.
“President Buhari and his host will preside over the South Africa/Nigeria Bi-National Commission, during which a progress report will be presented. At the end of the meeting, both leaders will sign a joint communiqué.
“The President and his delegation including Nigerian business representatives will also participate at a South Africa-Nigeria Business Forum with their host counterparts.
“President Buhari will be accompanied by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State.
“Others are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd); Minister of Power, Eng. Saleh Mamman; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite; Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi; and Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Katagum.
“Also on the trip are National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; and Chairman/CEO Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
“The President will return to Abuja on Friday.”