Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday said he did not attend the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.
Speaking against the backdrop of criticism over his presence in South Africa after Nigeria official withdrew from the annual event, Fayemi said he was in the country for another event.
A photograph of himself, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el Rufai, and Emir of Jam, Muhammad Sanusi II, in South Africa sparked outrage as people accused them of being insensitive to the national mood in the wake of the xenophobic attacks against foreigners by South African mobs.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode, said: “Contrary to some misleading online reports, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi was not at the World Economic Forum in South Africa.
“Rather, the Governor is in South Africa to honour an invitation by a long time friend and one of Nigeria’s most celebrated journalsits, Mr Dele Olojode at the “Africa in the World Festival of Ideas” which held in Stellensbosch far away from Cape Town.
More importantly, the event already held before the decision of the Federal Government to boycott the WEF programme.”