…As Nigeria, Rwanda, Malawi, DR Congo Boycott WEF
The Federal Government has advised Nigerians living in South Africa to avoid travelling to high risk and volatile areas until the xenophobic attacks are brought under control.
This is just as Nigeria has boycotted the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa 2019 taking place in Cape Town, South Africa following Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians living in South Africa.
The Federal Government gave the warning in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye.
The statement stated that government was committed to the protection of lives and property of Nigerians in South Africa.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to assure the general public that Government is committed to the protection of lives and property of Nigerians in South Africa.
“However, due to the tension created by the attacks, the Government of Nigeria wishes to advice Nigerians to avoid travelling to high risk and volatile areas until the situation is brought under control,” the statement reads in part.
Nigeria, the statement further stated was also engaging the relevant South African authorities via the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, Consulate General in Johannesburg and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja to ensure that definite measures are put in place to curtail the unfortunate attacks.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has commended the arrest of some perpetrators of the dastardly act by the South African Police and called for timely prosecution to serve as deterrence to others.
Recalled that Nigerians living in South Africa were attacked by South Africans, who during the attacks looted and burned down businesses and properties.
… Nigeria, Rwanda, Malawi, DR Congo Boycott WEF
In another development Nigeria, Rwanda, Malawi and DR Congo have boycotted the World Economic Forum(WEF) on Africa 2019 taking Cape Town, South Africa following Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians living in South Africa in the past seven days.
The Forum, which was scheduled to start today; Wednesday, had no Nigerian delegation in attendance.
Also Rwanda, Malawi and DR Congo have pulled out of WEF.
Presently, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama to discuss next line of action on Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians by South Africans.
In a retaliatory move, some Nigerians carried out reprisal attacks against South African business interests in Nigeria, such as Africa’s largest food retailer, Shoprite and telecoms giant, MTN, compelling these organisations operate skeletal service or close shop.