The National Association of Nigerian Students has told South African President, Jacob Zuma, to stay away from the May 29 inauguration of the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. NANS said it would ‘storm’ the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, should Zuma step into the country’s airport. They student body said Zuma should stay away from Nigeria because his visit will be an insult to the sensibility of Nigerians over his poor handling of the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other migrant foreigners in South Africa. A statement by NANS President, Tijani Usman, said Zuma’s inability to “apologise to Nigerians like he did to Mozambique” was unfortunate.
He said, “We wish to advise the South African President (Jacob Zuma) to rather stay at home and address burning issues, rather than embarking on a visit that is the least desirable. “The South African President’s failure to apologise to Nigeria for the losses the country and our citizens incurred during the xenophobic attacks on foreigners leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. There is therefore, no point felicitating with a people who clearly do not matter much to you. President Zuma’s visit will only amount to pretence.”