The Federal Government has said that it is monitoring the steps being taken by the South African government to stop the xenophobic attacks that have raged in South Africa against foreigners, including Nigerians.
It made the remarks in a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, yesterday, in Abuja.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been following with keen interest, on-going efforts to put a halt to the xenophobic attacks that has raged in South Africa against foreigners and their business interests in the last two weeks,” it said.
The Nigerian government noted that some traditional, political and church leaders have met in the week in South Africa to address the issue.
“In the latest development, the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, on Monday, 20th April met with ranking cabinet members including the Minister of Home Affairs- HE Mr. Malusi Gigaba, leaders of faith-based organisations, including those of Christians, Hindus, Moslems, Jews, etc. in the Moses Mahbida Stadium in Durban.
“Present at the meeting were the Heads of Mission of Nigeria, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. Also present were the Premier of Kwa Zulu-HE Mr Senso Mchunu and a ranking South African politician of Kwa Zulu Natal origin, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
“The Zulu king presented a keynote address, in which he urged, inter alia, peaceful co-existence between the local population and foreign nationals.’ It said. His speech was conciliatory as he underscored that the “war is to defend every foreigner in South Africa”.
“He further demanded the reintegration of the displaced migrants into the various and erstwhile-troubled communities. It would be recalled that an alleged inciting statement from the Zulu Monarch set the stage for these attacks,” the statement said.
‘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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