The minister of state for foreign affairs, Musiliu Obanikoro has called on Nigerians not to engage in reprisal attacks. He said the xenophobic attacks have been criticised by the international community and that Nigerians should rise above the sentiment of retaliating the attacks. According to the Obanikoro, ‘it is an international situation and to localise it will be unfortunate and it will not yield the desired results.
He added that ‘two things do not make a right. I think Nigerians should rise above sentiments that there should be a reprisal. The way we have conducted ourselves is the best. The minister also appealed that Nigeria should sustain its leadership role it has played on the continent.
Obanikoro also assured that they are making efforts to ensure that Nigerians who lost their assets as a result of the attacks shall be compensated. According to him, ‘we are taking stock of the damage done to them and we are going to be engaging the South African government. He frowns at the situation where traditional rulers incited the locals to attack foreigners and called it ‘shameful’.
‘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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