Xenophobia: Nigerians Roast Fayemi, El-Rufai, Emir of Kano Over Visit to South Africa

Nigerians in the social media are reacting with outrage to reports confirming that Mrs Ezekwesili is not the only Nigerian in South Africa as the country plays host to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Governors Nasir El-Rufai, Kayode Fayemi and the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi are also in South Africa.

Photos of the two Nigerian governors, Nasir El-Rufai and Kayode Fayemi in South Africa who are members of the country’s ruling party – All Progressives Congress (APC), surfaced on social media generating wide conversations about their unpatriotism in the wake of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. Nigeria on Wednesday drastically recalled its High Commissioner to South Africa and also pulled out of participation at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The Emir of Kano and former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, is also in the country for the conference.

A former minister of education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, was attacked by Nigerians on Twitter for attending the conference on Wednesday, September 4.

Presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, chided Ezekwesili for attending the event, adding that, “we all thought you would sympathize with them and boycott the WEF.” Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari’s close associates were in South Africa at the time he tweeted.

In the wake of the social media outrage Wednesday, SIGNAL shared footage of portions of Ezekwesili’s speech at the WEF Session she attended.

Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of online newspaper, Premium Times, shared a photo of Governor El-Rufai speaking at a conference in Cape Town on Wednesday, September 4.

The Kaduna state government also shared photos of Governor El-Rufai in South Africa, meeting potential investors.

The photos have sparked another round of controversy as Nigerians are now bashing the governors on social media.

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