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Xenophobic Attacks: We won’t retaliate, Nigerian govt says


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The federal government would not retaliate the persistent attacks on its citizens in South African citizens, Minister of Foreign Affairs, 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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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