Xenophobia: Nigeria Recalls Envoys to South Africa


In a statement issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs today Saturday, the two high commissioners are Martin Cobham, acting high commissioner in Pretoria, and Uche Ajulu-Okeke. The Nigerian government recalled the country’s High Commissioner to South Africa in connection with the ongoing xenophobia in South Africa targeting foreigners, mainly African migrants.

“The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, has summoned for consultation, Nigeria’s senior diplomats on tour of duty in South Africa. These are the Acting High Commissioner in Pretoria, Ambassador Martin Cobham, and the Deputy High Commissioner in Johannesburg, Ambassador Uche Ajulu-Okeke.

“The South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, has condemned the attacks in a statement presented to the South African National Assembly. Ditto for the Zulu Monarch, Goodwill Zwelithini, whose alleged inciting comment provoked the attacks. Well meaning South Africans have also organised peace marches against xenophobia.
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