Nigeria recalls envoy to South Africa

via Nigeria recalls envoy to South Africa – New Zimbabwe 25/04/2015

NIGERIA recalled its ambassador to South Africa on Saturday in the latest sign of African countries’ discontent at Pretoria’s handling of attacks on immigrants.

Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke had been asked to return to Nigeria for consultations, a statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

“The invitation is in connection with the on-going xenophobia in South Africa targeting foreigners, mainly African migrants,” the statement said.

Seven people have been killed in attacks on migrants since March 20, when Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini spoke out against foreign workers.

“Let us pop our head lice,” he said. “We must remove ticks and place them outside in the sun. We ask foreign nationals to pack their belongings and be sent back.”

He has since said those remarks were taken out of context and that he opposes violence.

Earlier this week Nigeria summoned South Africa’s high commissioner over the unrest as protesters picketed the South African embassy in Lagos.

A Nigerian group has called for the International Criminal Court to investigate Zwelithini for “hate speech”.

South Africa has deployed troops to try to quell the violence, after criticism by nations including China and Zimbabwe for failing to protect their citizens against armed mobs.

South African firms such as mobile phone giant MTN and supermarket chain Shoprite have significant interests in Nigeria, which is Africa’s biggest economy.


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    Samaita 7 years ago

    Good move, its time that African nations did something drastic for the xenophobic South African gvt to wake and smell the coffee. Wish our own gvt had such balls to even close the border for a day tiwone kuti RAND RINOSURVIVER HERE without support from the rest of Africa.

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    Petal 7 years ago

    Looks like the countries are making decisions individually because the All Useless Club and Southern African Dictators Club including the UNCHR are not even calling for an Inquiry and for those responsible to be brought to book

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    Petal 7 years ago

    Just read an article that the The polarising Zulu monarch Zwelithini will be the guest of honour in Botswana at an event showcasing African diversity; the inaugural Miss Africa Botswana Pageant in August.