Xenophobia: FG Asks Nigerians To Forgive South Africa

Xenophobia: FG Asks Nigerians To Forgive South Africa

After The Nigerian Federal Government yesterday denied calling back envoys to South Africa, The FG have asked Nigerians to forgive South Africa over Xenophobic attacks on foreigners in that country.

Nigeria's Foreign Affairs minister, Ambassador Aminu Wali today asked the people to forgive when he answerred his summoning before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs in Abuja over the recent xenophobic attacks in the former apartheid enclave.

Wali arrived alongside the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the Nigerian envoys in South Africa, Messrs Uche Ajulu-Okeke, and Martin Cobham.

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Wali told the Senate to reconsider its stand on the five-point resolution, seeking severance of bilateral relation with South Africa.

The Senate had last week, told the Nigerian Government to recall its envoys and drag the Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

Wali in his presentations explained that what happened in South Africa was not targeted at Nigerians, adding that the incident had negatively affected few Nigerians.

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He said, “As at now the situation has not warranted such drastic actions like recalling our envoys in South Africa. We are big brothers of Africa. We cannot retaliate by recalling our envoys because it will send wrong signals which could affect their economy.

“Even countries whose citizens were killed and got their shops looted have not taken such action.”

South African president, Jacob Zuma had earlier today held a press conference trying to help and boost back the image of his nation, declaring that they are not a Xenophobic heaven.

Source: Legit.ng

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