Xenophobia: All Africans feel at home in Zimbabwe, Says Buhari

File picture: Nigerian President Buhari with the President of Zimbabwean Robert Mugabe in Johannesburg, South Africa
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With the increasing xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa, President Muhammadu Buhari has recalled how the neighbouring Zimbabwe made all Africans to feel at home in Zimbabwe over the years.

This was contained in a letter to the President of Zimbabwe mourning the death of her former President, Robert Mugabe.

“As we witness xenophobic attacks against Africans in African countries, it is right to recall that Africans all over the continent were made to feel at home in the newly independent Zimbabwe,” Buhari wrote.

On the late former President, Buhari said “It is with sadness that I learned today of the passing of Robert Mugabe, former President of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe and Africa owe huge debt of gratitude to this highly intelligent and courageous leader who fought and sacrificed so much to liberate his country and free his people from minority occupation.

“He was also in the vanguard of the fight to free several countries of Southern African from apartheid and colonialism. He was a true pan-Africanist and true patriot. African has lost one of its finest sons.” He said

Mugabe, according to him, led his country to greater heights after independence until the economic sanctions imposed by western countries on account of expropriation of land occupied by white Zimbabweans, crippled his country economically.

“As we join Zimbabwe to mourn the departure of the great leader, please accept on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria and my own behalf, our sincere condolences. May his soul rest in peace.” He stated