Nigeria’s request for compensation for its citizens who incurred losses in xenophobic attacks has been ruled down by South Africa.
Nigeria is pressing for victims of the wanton attacks and killings to be fully compensated, but S/Africa says payment of compensation is not in its laws.
Foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, says Nigeria will take necessary measures and do whatever needs to be done to ensure that victims are compensated.
The minister insisted that the federal government will hold the government of South Africa to account Nigeria’s request for compensation for its citizens who incurred losses in xenophobic attacks.
The South African foreign affairs minister, Naledi Pandor, stated on Thursday, September 5, that payment of compensation was not in the country’s law,
The federal government has already dispatched an envoy to Pretoria, as it seeks diplomatic means to solve the matter.
The president of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adeola Olubajo, disclosed that about 200 Nigerians have been killed in persistent attacks over the years, and many more have lost goods and properties worth millions of dollars.
The need for compensation for victims was reiterated by Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in a chat with newsmen at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.
He said: “Our citizens there have suffered a lot. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that they are compensated and we will take measures necessary and do whatever we have to do to ensure that they are compensated.”
Before that, Onyeama had stated on Tuesday, September 3: “Full compensation has to be paid because as we have discovered from previous experience, a lot of these Nigerians lost their property and it is a long drawn out process and very often are not compensated for it.
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