The Federal Government have revealed on Wednesday that it has drawn a red line with South Africa over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
This was made known by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made this known while addressing newsmen following a meeting with President Buhari and VP Osinbajo.
Speaking on the effect social media reports on the attacks have had on the President’s decision, Onyeama said:
“Of course, a lot of things have been circulating in social media which have not helped matters. Some of them have really distorted the situation and because of that have impacted in our response”, NAN quoted him as saying.
“So, number one is that the information we have from the High Commission, from the Consul General in South Africa is that no Nigerian life has been lost during this crisis.
“And I think that is very important because on social media, there is a lot of stories going around of Nigerians being killed, jumping off buildings and being burnt. This is not the case.
“What we know is that premises, shops of Nigerians have been looted and property destroyed,’’ he said.
Pointing out that African countries have built a consensus over the attacks, the minister revealed that a red line has been drawn with South Africa.
“We want to assure all Nigerians that this government is determined, that red line has been drawn and that we will not cave in on this occasion.
“The South African government has to assume its responsibilities and protect Nigerians in South Africa and we have to hold them to account and they have to do that as well as pay full compensation”.
Onyeama added that the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa will soon be called home because “Enough is enough – we are going to address it once and for all this time. This is the position of government.’’