Xenophobic Violence: ‘The Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa should be recalled’...

Xenophobic Violence: ‘The Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa should be recalled’ – Agbakoba

By News Desk | The Trent on April 23, 2015
South Africa
A family flees ongoing xenophobic attacks in Ramaphosa squatter camp east of Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 May 2008. (Photo Credit: John Hrusa)

In the wake of the violent xenophobic attack on Africans by South Africans, a one-time President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) has asked the Federal Government to recall the Nigerian High Commissioner in South Africa.

Speaking via a statement issued on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Agbakoba regretted that it is the same African countries, especially Nigeria, who helped in ending apartheid in South Africa that are now being attacked.

Olisa Agbakoba (Photo Credit: Punch)
Olisa Agbakoba (Photo Credit: Punch)

He also lampooned the Nigerian government for handling the issue lightly and took a swipe at the South African President, Jacob Zuma for not doing enough.

He said: “The Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa should be recalled. Our foreign minister should summon the South African commissioner in Nigeria to convey our disappointment at the behaviour of some South Africans.

“All Nigerians condemn in the strongest possible terms the completely unwarranted and unprovoked attack on Nigerians in South Africa. There can be no excuse for this outrageous behaviour, especially in the context of good neighbourly relations between South Africa and Nigeria.

“Nigeria stood by their South African brothers and sisters at their greatest hour of need during the apartheid years. This is no way to repay us. It is shocking that President Zuma has not made a clear statement. I feel the response of the Nigerian government has been very weak.

“The South African government must know that xenophobic behaviour of its people is not acceptable to Nigerians and it will have the gravest consequences for Nigerian- South African relations, unless they stop their inexcusable behaviour.”

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