S. African Xenophobia: Nigeria’s Foreign Minister promises ‘definite measures’

Adobe Echono, Abuja

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama

The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has promised ‘definitive measures’ after another xenophobic attack on Nigerians living in South Africa.

He didn’t say what those measures will be.

The Minister said this on his twitter handle hours after videos of the burning and looting of Nigerian businesses emerged online.

His angry tweet described the perpetrators as mindless criminals.

Mr. Onyeama blamed ineffective police protection for the losses suffered by Nigerians adding: ‘Enough is Enough ‘.

The attacks on Nigerians is part of wider xenophobic attacks on foreigners in troubled South Africa.

The government of South Africa has threatened a crackdown but has so far been unable to prevent acts of violence.

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari and his South African Counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa met on the sidelines of a Summit in Japan.

Both leaders agreed to meet in October.

This latest development indicates xenophobia will be top of the agenda when both leaders meet.