The Nigerian Government has pulled out of the ongoing World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.
This was disclosed by Personal Assistant to the President on new media, Mr Bashir Ahmad.
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”.
For the love of your people! Surprised to see some Nigerian ‘experts’ in everything governance who spend most of their time lecturing the Gov’t on empathy and the art of prioritizing national interest over individual benefits still went ahead to attend the summit. #StopXenophobia https://t.co/qW2XUKCPx6
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) September 4, 2019
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Wednesday, confirmed Nigeria’s boycott of the World Economic Forum scheduled for South Africa.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari agreed with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo not to go to South Africa under the climate of xenophobic attacks.
He briefed State House correspondents on Wednesday, stressing that red line has been drawn against South Africa.
On the alleged recall of Nigerian ambassador to South Africa, he said that it is one of the options the government is considering and final decision will be taken after the report of the special envoy sent to South Africa.