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Xenophobia: Nigerians slam El Rufai, Fayemi, Sanusi for attending event in South Africa

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Xenophobia: Nigerians slam El Rufai, Fayemi, Sanusi for attending event in South Africa

Nigerians on social media have transferred their anger to Kaduna and Ekiti State Governors Mallam Nasir El Rufai and Kayode Fayemi respectively for attending an event in South Africa.

The Governors and the Emir of Kano Mohammed Sanusi were seen in viral photos attending an event in Stellenbosch which is about 50km away from Cape Town in South Africa where the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa is presently holding.

The Kano Emirates Council tweeted photos of the Emir and the Governors at the event.

WuzupNigeria reports that the Nigerian government, as well as some African nations, had announced they were boycotting the WEF over the latest xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili and founder of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, had come under social media attacks on Wednesday for attending the WEF despite the Nigerian government’s withdrawal from the event.

Ezekwesili has, however, taken to Twitter to explain why she attended the event.

Nigerians, however, became more enraged when photos of El Rufai, Fayemi and Emir Sanusi attending an event in South Africa emerged on social media.

They lambasted the two governors and also slammed Bashir Ahmad, a social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari for singling out Ezekwesili for attack over her visit to South Africa.

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Bashir had taken to Twitter on Wednesday to condemn Ezekwesili for attending WEF.

Condemning the governors’ visit to South Africa, a Twitter user @Woye tweeted:

“Once FG withdrew her presence at World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, our leaders such as El-Rufai, Fayemi, Sanusi, Aig Imoukhuede & Jim Ovia should have withdrawn. Stellenbosch (I miss my city) is just less than 1hr to Cape Town. I am disappointed. Come back home

“We aren’t a good Christian& Moslem if we were hard on Oby& closed our eyes against El -Rufai, Fayemi& Emir SANUSI. Yes they have arrived in SA b4 our decision to withdraw, but they were clever by half to go to nearby beautiful town Stellenbosch & pretend not to be in Cape Town

“I respect our APC leaders but they are human beings and not perfect. We must say the truth. Pls don’t come to my DM to preach what and what. I am not on their pay roll. So leave me alone pls

“If you know Cape Town very well, so many hotels are available. So don’t tell me anything about another meeting scheduled at Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is like Bwari in Abuja or Mowe in Lagos abi Ogun state. A wine town . U will drink original wine there. Don’t defend NONSENSE pls.”

Reacting to Woye’s tweet, popular journalist Kadaria Ahmed explained that the governors didn’t attend the WEF as widely claimed on social media, but they were attending an event organised by the publisher of defunct Next Newspaper, Dele Olojede.

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She tweeted:

“They are not at #WEF they are @africainworld a private event organised by Nigerian @deleolojede. This event has NOTHING to do with WEF and and started before the attacks. The question is should a Nigerian man who spent his resources organising this be ruined?”

Woye responded:

“The pulse of the NATION REJECTED anything South Africa. Do you know the distance between Stellenbosch to Cape Town? Any event in South Africa by any Nigerian should be CANCELLED. Who is paying El Rufai or Fayemi’s bill? Personal or FAAC . Pls read and pass and no comment.”


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