Nigeria and South Africa
The Department of International Relations & Cooperation of the South African government has issued a statement in response to Nigerian Government on the issue of calling back her Ambassador from SA while expressing grievance of the recent xenophobic attacks on foreigners and Nigerians. I kind of believe the SA government went a little too far or should I say played smart by reminding Nigeria of her recent internal troubles like the collapse of the Synagogue church of all nations where 80 citizens of South Africa lost their lives alongside other country nationals(not the best comparison in this case), SA Gov. also pointed clearly at other misfortune of Nigeria like the over 200 missing girls. Overall I think its an intentional response and a polite way of discrediting the current administration with a plan to take necessary steps or further discussion with the newly elected incoming government. Just my Opinion shaaaa oooo, I stand to be corrected. Read the Statement after the cut.

The South African Government takes note that the outgoing Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has recalled its Acting High Commissioner to South Africa. A government resorts to such an extraordinary diplomatic step to express outrage at actions or Behavior of another government.

We are not sure which actions or behavior of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting. It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step.  If this action is based on the incidents of attacks on foreign nationals in some parts of our country, it would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode for whatever agenda.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has just returned from Indonesia to attend the Africa-Asia Summit and the 60th Anniversary of the historic Bandung Conference.  At no stage did the Nigerian delegation present at that gathering, expressed its intention to formally raise the issue with the South African side.
South Africa remains committed to a strong bond of friendship and bilateral relations with Nigeria.  It is for this reason that when 84 of our citizens perished on Nigerian soil, we did not blame the Nigerian Government for the deaths and more than nine (9) months delay in the repatriation of the bodies of our fallen compatriots, or for the fact that when these bodies eventually returned, they were in a state that they could not be touched or viewed as required by our burial practice.
We will raise our concerns through diplomatic channels with the new administration that will assume office in Nigeria next month.

The South African Government, as well as all political parties, religious organisations, non-governmental organisations, business, sports fraternities, including artists, musicians  and ordinary people of South Africa, have been decisive and unequivocal in condemning and rejecting the attacks on foreign nationals.

Through our interventions, relative calm and order has been restored. We are encouraged by the solidarity our country continues to receive from other African countries and the international community. We shall also continue to support and not blame the Nigerian Government as it battles to deal with Boko Haram that continues to kill many innocent civilians. We hope that the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram will someday be reunited with their families.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale, Pretoria

Ok doesn’t that sound like you havent finished cleaning your house and you are calling back your Ambassador from SA? leave your comments below.


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