Xenophobia: Nigeria Can’t Cut Ties with South Africa – Former Envoy
The President of the Association of Foreign Relations Professionals of Nigeria, Amb. Gani Lawal has said that Nigerian cannot sever diplomatic ties with South Africa over xenophobic attacks.
Dr Lawal, a former Nigeria Deputy Principal Representative in Algeria, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
NAN reports that the killing of Nigerians in South Africa had been on the increase in recent times.
A report had stated that no fewer than 117 Nigerians were extra-judicially killed in South Africa between 2013 and 2018 for one flimsy reason or the other.
According to Lawal, Nigeria cannot because of xenophobic attacks break diplomatic relations with South Africa because the issue is not between government and government.
”We will continue to work with South Africa to make sure that offenders are apprehended and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others,” he said.
The former director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the issue of killings in South Africa was not between government and government but among the people on the streets.
“However, South African government also has the responsibility to protect our people and also to advise them on where to go and not to go.
“We have to be able to find a ground to ensure that the attack doesn’t happen by establishing rules of engagement,” he said.