Xenophobia: Nigeria withdraws from World Economic Forum in South Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari has pulled Nigeria out of the ongoing World Economic Forum (WEF) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was to represent Nigeria at the three-day forum ending on Friday.

Nigeria’s decision follows fresh xenophobic attacks by South Africans on Nigerians and other Africans.

President Buhari had been labelled “spineless” for not reacting on time to the incident.

Nigeria is also reportedly making plans to recall Kabiru Bala, its high commissioner to South Africa.

The decisions were reportedly taken at a meeting between President Buhari, Osinbajo and foreign affairs minister Geoffrey Onyeama, at the presidential villa in Abuja, on Tuesday.

Following the shocking attacks, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi withdrew from WEF.

Zambia also cancelled a friendly match with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.

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