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Nigerian Envoys not Recalled

The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Bashir Wali, mi, CON, wishes to reaffirm that the statement earlier issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was to summon, for routine consultation, the Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria to South Africa and the Consul General in Johannesburg over the xenophobic attacks on some foreigners, including Nigerians, in South Africa. This is a usual practice in the conduct of diplomacy.

For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to reiterate that the two senior diplomats have been invited to come for consultation after which they would return to their duty posts. They have, therefore, not been recalled as erroneously portrayed in the media.

Much as the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs and the generality of Nigerians are deeply concerned about the xenephobic  attacks, there are satisfactory indications that the South African authorities have taken firm measures to stem the tide of the attacks.

As the Nigerian government continued to watch with keen interest, further developments, both countries are therefore in discussion on this matter and are determined  to put the unfortunate saga speedily  behind them.


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