Xenophobia: Nigeria recalls Ambassador to South Africa

President Buhari, Osinbajo, Onyeama had a meeting in Aso Rock and have reportedly recalled Nigeria ambassador to South Africa.

A source who spoke with journalists on the condition of stated that the move was for the government to have consultation with Nigeria High Commissioner, to South Africa, Ambassador Kabiru Bala over the xenophobic attacks of Nigerians in South Africa.

Xenophobia: Nigeria recalls Ambassador to South Africa


The source who claims he was not authorized to speak on the matter, also hinted that Nigeria has pulled out of World Economic Forum on Africa in Capetown, South Africa, scheduled to hold between September 4-6 over the xenophobic attacks.

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The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was to represent Nigeria at the World Economic forum. It will be recalled that some other African countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Malawi had earlier announced their pulling out of the event. Presidents Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Felix Tshisekedi (DRC) and Peter Mutharika (Malawi) have all withdrawn from the event. According to the source, Nigeria had also demanded for full compensation for the victims of the attacks.

The demand for compensation was one of the two main demands by the Nigerian government from its South African counterpart following the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians. Apart from compensation, Nigeria also demanded an improved security mechanism to ensure such attacks no longer occur.

On Tuesday, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Moroe, over the attacks. He insisted that the victims of the xenophobic attacks should be compensated. He also ruled out the possibility of Nigeria government retaliating the attacks on her nationals in South Africa.

Onyeama in the briefing said, “In the first place, we must address the issue of compensation. There has to be accountability and there has to be responsibility for compensating all those Nigerians that have suffered loss and we are going to absolutely push forward.”

The presidency also announced on Tuesday that President Muhammadu Buhari would be sending an envoy to South Africa on the issue.

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