An aide of Governor Kayode Fayemi has revealed that his boss is in South Africa, but not attending the World Economic Forum on Africa as earlier speculated.
The aide who reached out to Legit.ng on Wednesday, September 5, said the governor is on a private visit to the southern African country.
He, however, refused to reveal his identity, saying he is not authorized to speak for the governor.
His words: “Dr Kayode Fayemi was not at the World Economic Forum in South Africa. But, I can confirm that he is indeed in South Africa, though for other reasons.
“He is in South Africa to honour an invitation by Mr Dele Olojode at the “Africa in the World Festival of Ideas” which held in Stellensbosch far away from Cape Town where the WEF is currently holding.
“The event already held before the decision of the federal government to boycott the WEF programme.”
A Twitter user however claimed that the governor and his wife are in the country to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.
A picture of Governor Fayemi posing with the Emir of Kano; Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and his Kaduna state counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai, had surfaced on the internet early Thursday, September 5.
Another Twitter user said the governor met with his colleague and other Nigerians at the sidelines of the event and is not a participant.
The photo had sparked outrage among Nigerians on social media, following similar reactions to Dr Oby Ezekwesili's presence at the WEF.
Meanwhile, a prominent pro-democracy and civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) described the response of the Nigerian government on the xenophobic attacks in South Africa as “weak.”
HURIWA in a media statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, September 4 and signed by its the national coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, frowned at the attitude of the Nigerian government, adding that “President Muhammadu Buhari has not been forceful in reacting to the killings of Nigerians in South Africa.”
The group urged the president to “take concrete, forceful and impactful actions against South Africa.”
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