Saturday, March 18, 2017

Nigeria Will Retaliate South Africa's Xenophobic Attacks - Interior Minister

Nigeria's Interior Minister Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, rtd, has announced that Nigeria will retaliate if South Africans keeps making things difficult for Nigerians in their country.

He was reacting to the fresh attacks on Nigerians and their businesses in South Africa.

“In the event that the South African authority continues to make things difficult for us, we will have no choice than to make things difficult for them too,” he said.

“I have asked the Home Affairs minister about the exact number of Nigerians in South African prisons but he was not able to give me the exact figure.

“But from what I could gather, most of the Nigerians in South African prisons were convicted of drugs, fraud and prostitution. As at now, Nigeria has no prisoner agreement with South Africa.

“That is an issue that we are going to discuss with the Home Affairs minister but one of the things that came up as the result of this xenophobic saga is to know the number of Nigerians in South Africa.”

“We have suggested that the Nigeria Union of South Africa should carry out a kind of registration of Nigerians living in each province, since the association has a presence in almost all the provinces in the country.

“Then take all the names of those registered to the Nigeria High Commission in Pretoria, so that if anything goes wrong, the mission can be in the know.”

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