Nigeria to table insecurity of citizens in South Africa - JOURNAL DU CAMEROUN

JULY 11, 2018

Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama says the issue of security of Nigerians in South Africa will be part of discussion as its President, Cyril Ramaphosa, visits Nigeria on Wednesday.Onyeama said in Abuja on Tuesday that South African President Ramaphosa would arrive in Abuja for a working visit to Nigeria.

He said that the Federal Government was working hard to ensure that lives of Nigerians living in South Africa were secured.

Onyeama said that Nigeria and South Africa were serious about the implementation of the early warning mechanism established to address the security issue in South Africa.

“On the issue of the early warning system, we hope to have the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed soon. South African President is going to be here tomorrow,” he said.

Onyeama said that he had met with South African Minister of Foreign Affairs and discussed extensively about the security of Nigerians in South Africa and what to be done to strengthening the security.

“She is ready to do everything possible, including having Nigeria being part of some of security apparatus being put in place to monitor and provide security in the country,” he said.

Onyeama said that the Federal Government was working hard and that the country would work with the parties involved, including the South African government, Nigerian community and also the Nigerian representatives in the country.

According to him, the Nigeria High Commission and the Consulate General of Nigeria in South Africa will work with the authority to see what they can do to address the issue.

The Nigeria mission in South Africa had on Sunday confirmed the killing of another Nigerian, Mr. Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence, by gunman in South Africa

The Consul-General of Nigeria in South Africa made this known by the Vice- Consul (Information and Culture), David Abraham.

Abraham said that the Nigerian Consulate would, however, continue to advance the welfare and security of Nigerians in South Africa.

“We also call on our citizens to remain calm and eschew violence, as we seek to obtain justice for the deceased and members of his family,” he said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had also expressed worry over the killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

Dabiri-Erewa 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.


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