FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo has applauded President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa for apologising to countries whose citizens were affected by recent xenophobic attacks in the country.
Obasanjo, in an interview on Saturday, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said he met with the South African president some days back and got an assurance that things would be done to forestall any future occurrence.
The former president said one of his highpoints during the meeting was the need to establish a bilateral commission between Nigeria and South Africa to further strengthen their relationship, thanking God that no Nigerian was lost during the attack.
“I believe the president of South Africa did the right thing by sending emissaries to apologise to the countries affected in the recent xenophobia, countries like Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Mozambique and I think this was good.
“I took the opportunity of being in South Africa about three or four days ago to actually pay a courtesy call on President Ramaphosa, and he quickly granted me the opportunity. One of the major things we discussed is this issue of xenophobia or afrophobia.
“One good thing among many things the president told me was that there is so much at stake and whatever mistake made they would correct it. And I think that was very good statement and I know he meant it, because he immediately asked: ‘what can we do or should we do?