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’.
“IPOB is being sponsored by those I will call the Coalition of the politically disgruntled and the treasury looters. They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilize the country and trigger chaos, they will realize their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again.”
-Lai Mohammed(Nigeria’s Information Minister on IPOB)
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