The federal government would not retaliate the persistent attacks on its citizens in South African citizens, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said Tuesday.
The minister said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammudu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
“We don’t believe that two wrongs can make a right, I think in terms of revenge on those kind of attack is not what we are looking forward to. The South African government has assured us that they are doing everything possible to address the situation.
“That l they are equally exasperated by the whole event. We believe that with that goodwill, we may be able to work together to put in place these mechanisms that would make a difference,” he said.
On what would be the key issues as the special envoys to South African depart, the minister said: “It is just those two key issues, the compensation payment and what security mechanism be put in place to make sure that this kind of attacks do not recur, we need to have a viable mechanism in place.
“Like I have said one of the possibilities that we are proposing is to have some Nigerian security operatives working with the South African police and attached to the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Tuesday described the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa, especially Nigerians, as reckless and runs contrary to the ideals of South African leaders.
Osinbajo said this while fielding questions from journalists in Kano.
“Let me say first that these recent attacks are condemnable. It is very sad and very unfortunate that the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians living in South Africa are once again being destroyed with such wantonness and with such carelessness and recklessness.
“It is unfortunate because Nigeria and Nigerians invested a great deal in the pulling down of apartheid. Besides, these acts of bigotry are entirely contrary to the very ideals that all the great South African leaders, including the present President fought for, and for which many gave their lives.
“Mr President has already spoken about this; and obviously we are very concerned and certainly intend to take this up with the authorities in South Africa in order to ensure that this sort of thing does not repeat itself. This is absolutely unacceptable and unconscionable,” he said.