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We will defend our citizens- FG warns South Africa

By Austin Johnson

The Federal government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has express it concern over the repeated xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in the republic of South Of Africa.

The government of Nigerian queried “Domestic grievances over ownership of homes and default in payment of mortgages should be used as justification to attack foreigners including Pakistanis, Nigerians, and other Africans not in any way involved in the repossession and subsequent resale of those properties.”

It would be recalled that in 2015, domestic grievances over unemployment and other challenges faced by South Africans were also used as justification for attack and kill.

The Nigerian government, therefore strongly urges the South African government to quickly bring to justice the perpetrators of these heinous crime against it citizen and maintain the age-old written law of hospitality amongst nations and societies recognize the sanctity of lives and property of foreigners everywhere.

“The federal government of Nigeria unequivocally insist on, and will strenuously work towards, the protection of Nigerians anywhere, including South Africa”

In another reaction, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, has also called on the South African Government to take decisive measures to protect Nigerians and others in the country.

She described the renewed attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa as a setback

“The Nigerian Community in South Africa led by Mr Ikechukwu Anyene confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on last Saturday.

“The union has reported the incident to the Nigeria mission and South African police.

“As we speak, five buildings with Nigerian businesses, including a Church have been looted and burned by South Africans,” Dabiri Erewa quoted Anyene as saying.

Dabiri-Erewa, however, urged Nigerians in South Africa to exercise restraint and warned that further attacks on Nigerians without any reprimand would not be tolerate.

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