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Breaking: Xenophobia: Nigeria recalls ambassador to South Africa

Breaking: Xenophobia: Nigeria recalls ambassador to South Africa

Nigeria High Commissioner, to South Africa, Ambassador Kabiru Bala, will any moment from now be recalled for consultation over the xenophobic attacks of her citizens in that country.

This was disclosed to newsmen by a source closed to the presidency, who pleaded for anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter.

The source further disclosed that Nigeria has also pulled out of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Capetown, South Africa, on September 4-6 over the xenophobic attacks. 

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo was to represent Nigeria at the forum.

Earlier, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Malawi pulled out of the event.

Presidents Paul Kagame (Rwanda),  Felix Tshisekedi (DRC) and Peter Mutharika (Malawi) have all withdrawn from the event.

The source added that Nigeria has also demanded full compensation for the victims of the attacks.

According to the source, this is the outcome of President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo and Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, a brainstorming session on the raging xenophobic attacks of Nigeria in South Africa.

Onyeama had on Tuesday during at a joint news briefing with the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Bobby Moroe, insisted: “In the first place, we must address the issue of compensation. There has to be accountability and there has to be the responsibility for compensating all those Nigerians that have suffered loss and we are going to absolutely push forward.”

Already, some protesters Wednesday morning stormed a Shoprite mall in Abuja to protest the attack on Nigerians in South Africa.

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