The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on behalf of the Federal Government, has made it clear that Nigeria’s High Commissioner in South Africa was recalled for discourse because of the recent surge of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.
Mohammed clarified this yesterday (September 5) during an interview with Channels Television’s live programme “Politics Today’’, overseen by the News Agency of Nigeria.
Mohammed stated that Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, will be recalling the high commissioner’s for a meeting after President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Envoy has returned from South Africa.
Following the xenophobic attack that occurred during the weekend in South Africa, President Muhammadu Buhari sent delegates to relay his concern and discuss with the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.
According to the Minister of Information and Culture, as soon as the delegates return, President Buhari will brief Nigerians on the matter and also the outcome of the meeting with Ramaphosa.
Also concerning the plans to fly back Nigerians who have shown interest in wanting to come home from South Africa, the Minister noted that it was a private initiative but was well received by the federal government.
Speaking of good measure to keep Nigerians safe in case of a similar case in the future, Mohammed said that shunning the World Economic Forum on Africa being hosted by South Africa is one of the many measures the government has planned out.
He, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to quit destroying South African businesses in Nigeria, as a form of retribution.
Mohammed also warned Nigerians of the mock-up video clips being circulated on the social media, depicting how Nigerians are being killed in South Africa.
He urged Nigerians to overlook it, adding that it was circulated in a bid to get them more aggrieved and jeopardize the government efforts.