The Federal Government has, on Saturday, summoned its ambassadors serving in South Africa for consultation over the ongoing xenophobic attacks .
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb Aminu Wali, made the disclosure in a statement made available by the Public Communications Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.
Wali said the two country’s senior diplomats summoned were Ambassador Martin Cobham who is the Acting High Commissioner in Pretoria, and Ambassador Uche Ajulu – Okeke, the Deputy High Commissioner in Johannesburg.
“The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Bashir Wali, mni, CON, has summoned for consultation, Nigeria’s senior diplomats on tour of duty in South Africa.
“These are the Acting High Commissioner in Pretoria, Ambassador Martin Cobham and the Deputy High Commissioner in Johannesburg, Ambassador Uche Ajulu – Okeke.
“The invitation is in connection with the on-going xenophobia in South Africa targeting foreigners, mainly African migrants,” the statement read.
The minister recalled that “the current spate of attacks began about three weeks ago, and have so far claimed some seven lives, destroyed property and created fear and uncertainty in the minds of African migrants in the former apartheid enclave.”
Wali noted that though the South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, has condemned the attacks in a statement presented to the South African National Assembly, while the Zulu Monarch, Goodwill Zwelithini, whose alleged inciting comment, provoked the attacks had also done same but to no avail.
“Well meaning South Africans have also organised peace marches against the xenophobia,” the minister added.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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