Federal Govt summons South African envoy over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians

The Federal Government has summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Lulu Mnguni, to protest against the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners.

The government also demanded compensation from South African authorities for the victims of the attacks on migrant and migrant workers.

A statement on Wednesday in Abuja from the Public Communications Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said during the meeting with the Envoy, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Musiliu Obanikoro, expressed concern over the fate of Nigerians and other nationals, who are migrant workers in the country.

He underscored the fact that since South Africa was a major player in the continent, she should therefore have its nationals live in peace in other countries.

Obanikoro called on the South African government to “take concrete steps to quell the unrest and bring the culprits involved to book, to serve as a deterrent to others and prevent recurrence.”

The minister also demanded “compensation for victims” of the xenophobic attacks from South Africa.

Mngunii informed Obanikoro that the South African government was doing everything possible to address the attacks and prosecute those behind it.

He expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for the manner in which the crisis was handled.

Credit: Friday Olokor/Punch