- Ambassador Abayomi Nurain Mumuni has been invited by the South African government
- The APC chieftain is billed to attend the State of the Nation address by the South African president, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa
- Mumuni is a security expert and author, and also a former Lagos state gubernatorial candidate for the defunct CPC in 2011
Prominent All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Ambassador Abayomi Nurain Mumuni has been invited by the South African government to attend the State of the Nation address by the country's president, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa.
Mumuni who is also a security expert and author, was formally invited with a letter by the Speaker of the South African National Assembly, Ms B Mbete and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms T R Modise.
Legit.ng gathered that President Ramaphosa is billed to address a joint sitting of the South African Houses of Parliament on Thursday, February 7.
Speaking on the invitation, Ambassador Mumuni said he believes this unique honour the South African government extended to him is also an honour for Nigeria.
The former gubernatorial candidate in Lagos state under the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), urged Nigerian politicians to spread their tentacles and seek relevance within and beyond the confines of government circles, and even abroad.
His words: “Despite being a chieftain in the ruling party back home in my country, Nigeria, I remained highly focused, which actually helped me desist from masquerading about soliciting for political office.
“However, most politicians fail to understand that belonging to the ruling party does not guarantee a position in the King’s Court, as there can only be one king at a time.”
While Ambassador Mumuni has an array of businesses in South Africa, he is also of the opinion that the primary reason he was invited to an event of such national importance is his illustrious contributions to the intellectual discourse on global and regional security, an area in which he has authored two globally acclaimed books, with three more in the pipeline.
“You should note that I was initiated into the highest Security Institute in Europe as a distinguished member late last year, after undergoing rigorous examinations for twelve months.
"In addition, I have published extensively in the area of global and regional security, including two books; ‘Demand by Terror’ and ‘Global Terrorism and its Effects on Humanity,”’ he added.
Mumuni’s invitation is coming on the background of grave security challenges facing South Africa, including xenophobic attacks by black South Africans against fellow African migrants, including Nigerians, and intra-Nigerian immigrant community attacks.
South Africa is also on the verge of enacting legislation that may help re-appropriate lucrative agricultural land and landed property from white South Africans to the black natives, who had been dispossessed of such property as a result of the now-defunct apartheid policy.
Between 1999 and 2005, Mumuni served the Taraba state government as a special adviser on economic and foreign Matters without pay.
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Meanwhile, Senator Shehu Sani has dismissed the federal government's stance that it will not tolerate foreign interference in Nigeria’s coming election.
Shehu's statement was a reaction to comments made by some foreign countries including the United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (U.S.A.) and the European Union, over the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, January 25.
The senator said the Buhari-led administration is a direct beneficiary of foreign interference, while chiding the government for calling the concerns raised as interference.
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