OrderPaperToday – Nigeria has demanded reparation to compensate its citizens who suffered Xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
Foreign nationals, including Nigerians have recently been under attack in South Africa’s capital, Johannesburg.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama informed reporters after his meeting with the Senate committee on Diaspora on Friday that the Federal government will challenge reports from South Africa refuting compensation.
“The Nigerian government will be demanding the victims be compensated. This is a very important issue because the South African government has been reported saying that nothing provides for them really to provide compensation.
“That they will have to refund sort to insurance companies or that kind if private arrangement. We as a government are going to challenge that. In the past, no compensation was paid to these people. For us, it is something we have to insist upon,” Onyeama said.
While reconciliatory talks are ongoing between the two African countries, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari earlier dispatched a special envoy to South Africa to ascertain the situation.
Onyeama said the envoy will be returning on Saturday and their report will guide decisions taken by the government but will not involve cutting diplomatic ties and ensure a lasting solution.
“There are different measures to be taken at diplomatic level without necessarily cutting off diplomatic ties but we want Mr President’s decision to be informed after accessing all the facts, the way the South African government reacts will also be very important in helping us decide what we need to do”, the minister said.
The Chairman Senate committee on Diaspora, Ajibola Bashiru in his remarks urged Nigerians to desist from retaliatory actions while maintaining themselves as “leaders of Africa”.