Xenophobia: Onyeama hits back again at SA international minister above remarks

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Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has criticised his South African counterpart, Naledi Pandor over her assertion that lots of Nigerians in South Africa indulge in felony functions.

Newswatch.ng reports that Pandor had in an interview with South African television station eNCA on Thursday, September 4, explained a lot of Nigerians resident in South Africa are “drug dealers” and some are also associated in human trafficking.

She produced the remark even though reacting to problems that the country’s stability businesses are not doing plenty of to stop assaults on foreigners.

Reacting by way of his Twitter cope with, Onyeama described Pandor’s feedback as “outrageous.” According to him, these statements are even more fuelling xenophobia.

He tweeted:

It is specifically this form of outrageous stigmatization of a persons from senior federal government officers that gas xenophobia and embolden criminals. #ENOUGHISENOUGH @NigeriaGov @DigiCommsNG@NGRPresident @_AfricanUnion @ecowas_cedeao

Meanwhile, LegitNG experiences that South Africa has explained there will be no compensation for Nigerians who incurred losses in xenophobic attacks. According to Pandor, payment of payment was not in the country’s regulation.

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He reiterated this on Thursday, September 5, in a chat with newsmen at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, saying: “Our citizens there have endured a lot. It is the duty of the authorities to ensure that they are compensated and we will consider actions vital and do no matter what we have to do to be certain that they are compensated.”

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