THE XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS AGAINST NIGERIA IN SOUTH AFRICA
the instruction of Mr. President, has summoned the South African High
Commissioner to Nigeria to get a brief on the situation;
assurance of the safety of their lives and property. Nigeria is recalling its High Commissioner to South Africa, in addition to boycotting the World Economic Forum on Africa being hosted by South Africa.
appeal to Nigerians, who are justifiably angered by the attacks on their compatriots in South Africa, not to resort to self help by carrying out reprisal attacks against South African businesses in Nigeria;
in disinformation to inflame passion by using #fakenews and videos of
peaceful protests by some Nigerians to loot shops at Shoprite and other Malls in some locations across the country.
heavy security. As we said in our intervention on Tuesday, Nigerians
own and run the shops in the various Shoprite malls across the country.
protesting against the xenophobic attacks in South Africa. This is
investments and jobs? Must we cut our nose to spite our face? It is in this light that I want to assure all Nigerians, and indeed foreigners living in Nigeria,
arrested and made to face justice.
the video clips being circulated on the social media, purportedly showing how Nigerians are being killed in South Africa. Three of such videos come to mind:
on May 24, 2019, leaving about 18 people dead.
from doing so. Apart from inflaming passion, the videos are also complicating the efforts of the government to calm frayed nerves at
home in the wake of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
guarded in their utterances and comments on the xenophobic attacks and the reactions from Nigerians. Words have meaning, and wrong words are like poisoned darts.
i. The FG will leave no stone unturned to protect Nigerian citizens anywhere around the world,
terrible consequences that include loss of lives and property
recalling its High Commissioner to South Africa, in addition to boycotting the World Economic Forum on Africa taking place in South Africa.
of Nigerians in South Africa
wish to hide under the peaceful protests by Nigerians to loot, maim
and kill that the security agencies will apprehend and bring them to justice.
10. I thank you all for your kind attention.