President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Pretoria, South Africa, said authorities should be more pro-active in detecting early signals of violence between competitors, while migrants and companies should adhere to the local laws of host countries.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said the Nigerian leader stated this when he responded to questions during a news conference at the Union Building, alongside his host, President Cyril Ramaphosa.
He called for more tolerance, vigilance and heightened security to ensure safety of citizens, noting ”competition heralded by globalisation, especially with ease in migration, will only get more intense for businesses”.
“Police must be on alert not to allow violence to escalate,’’ he said.
President Buhari said the business world had turned out more dynamic over the years, with foreigners competing with locals in businesses that were initially considered low.
He said the panacea would only be for security agencies to show more interest in market operations, players and likely areas of tensions.
The President likened the situation of Nigerians in South Africa to Ghana where competition at low levels of the economy breeds intense competition, noting that it would keep growing with population explosion.
He told Nigerians living in various parts of the world, especially in South Africa, to adhere to the laws of the country they reside, and ensure compliance with market laws.
“Like it is said, ‘when you are in Rome behave like the Romans’. Always be law abiding,’’ he said.
Earlier in his remark, the President condemned attacks on Nigerians and the burning of their properties in South Africa, describing it as “unacceptable’’.
He also assured the South African government that their citizens and businesses in Nigeria would always be protected from harm.
He also condemned the reprisal attacks in Nigeria.
“In my discussions with President Ramaphosa and the Bi-National Commission meeting, we reviewed wide range of issues at national, regional, continental and global levels,’’ he added.
He said some of the issues were on trade, investment, mining, security, police affairs and environment.
“Our two countries have also agreed to unequivocally address the challenges in our relations including the recent people to people challenges that saw attacks against foreign nationals, including Nigerians, and their properties, which we strongly condemned,” he disclosed.
In his remarks, President Ramaphosa said the attacks on foreigners in South Africa, including Nigerians, were regrettable, assuring that his government would work hard to see an end to such attacks.
He equally condemned reprisal attacks in Nigeria.
According to him, President Buhari is the first president to embark on a state visit in South Africa since they came into power.
“We will work together to promote cohesion and best values. What happened did not reflect our values.
“We both condemn the attacks and the reprisal in strongest terms. We will set up mechanisms for early signals,’’ he said.
Ramaphosa said his country would also create a more enabling environment for Nigerian businesses to thrive in South Africa, acknowledging that more South African companies operate in Nigeria.
He, however, observed that Nigerians were mostly in Small and Medium Scale sectors in his country.
“We have large corporations operating in Nigeria while you have small and medium enterprises from Nigeria here in South Africa,” he said.
He promised to deepen the reforms in his country to open the space for more Nigerian business to “address the imbalance”.
“The rule of law must be obeyed by all citizens. Nigerians in South Africa must obey the rule of law, while South Africans in Nigeria must obey the rule of law,’’ he added.
Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, signed agreements on the minutes of the 9th session of Bi-National Commission.(NAN)
Edited by Felix Ajide
APC lauds NGF leadership, urges Nigerians to disregard Wike’s comment
The All Progressives Congress (APC), has lauded the leadership of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) headed by Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, saying that the forum is well alive.
APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, who said this on Tuesday at a news conference in Abuja,urged Nigerians to disregard the comment made by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers who described the forum as a “toothless bulldog”.
Nabena was reacting to Wike’s comment on Monday in Port Harcourt, describing the NGF as “a toothless bulldog”.
Wike had accused the APC-led federal government of destroying the NGF, alleging that the forum lost its strength immediately the ruling party came into power in 2015.
However, the APC chieftain urged Nigerians to disregard the comment, saying that the NGF is well alive under civilised Fayemi.
He urged Wike to open up on the major role he played when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government introduced the “16 is greater than 19 political formula”.
“Does he thinks that Nigerians can forget in a hurry the major role he played as a PDP minister when the then Rivers Governor, Rotimi Amaechi scored 19 votes, but former Plateau Governor, Jonah Jang who scored 16 votes was recognised as NGF Chairman?
“Wike also needs to be reminded of the major role he played as a foot soldier who engineered the banning of the then Gov. Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa from participating in the PDP governorship primaries in 2011.
“If the NGF has been “killed” as Wike states, it is clear who the killer and grave digger is,” Nabena said.
According to him, Wike needs to wake up to the reality of a new era of justice, fairness and true democracy under the administration of the APC.
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Buhari mourns Sen. Osinowo
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of Osinowo and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the death of Sen. Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo, the Senator representing Lagos East senatorial district.
The president’s condolence message was released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday.
President Buhari observed that, as a member of the ninth senate and Chairman of Senate Committee on Industry and member of other committees, Osinowo worked diligently to advance this administration’s objective of building a better and prosperous Nigeria.
He affirmed that the Senator’s commitment to meet the needs of his community as a four-time member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, devotion to national development as well as insightful contributions at the floor of the Senate would be fondly remembered and missed.
The President prayed almighty God to grant the family of Osinowo, friends and well-wishers the fortitude to bear the loss.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Buhari mourns retired Maj.-Gen. Ortho Obada
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Delta State over the passing of former Federal Commissioner for Works, retired Maj.-Gen. Orho Esio Obada.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday Buhari extended sympathies to family and friends of the deceased.
The president commiserated with Agbarho Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Council, and Urhobo Progress Union.
He urged all his associates to draw strength from the legacies that he left behind, most commendably his willingness to serve the country, and humanity.
President Buhari acknowledged that the former acting Chief of Air Staff served in many strategic positions in the military, and his wealth of experience had been helpful to the country for many years after his retirement.
He prayed that the almighty God would accept the soul of the departed, and comfort his family.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Former Anambra lawmaker commends Buhari for setting up committee against rape
A former member of Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs Vivian Okadigbo, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up a committee to deal with the spate of rape in the country.
Okadigbo, who gave the commendation in an interview with newsmen in Enugu on Monday, said the measure would go a long way in halting the constant abuse of girls and women.
The two-time former lawmaker, who represented Oyi Constituency, noted that women in the country were not happy with the rising rape cases, which were unfortunately becoming a daily occurrence.
She also expressed displeasure that the female folks had not benefitted much from the current democratic system of governance across the country.
On the politics in Anambra, Okadigbo said that Gov. Willie Obiano had rebranded the state by making it an industrial hub in the South East.
According to her, this has made the state a destination for local and foreign investors.
She noted that the state had recorded unprecedented investment since its present administration came on board in 2014.
Okadigbo also urged the people of the state to observe all precautionary measures stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and Anambra government to avoid contracting COVID-19, as the virus was real.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Donald Ugwu (NAN)