Nigerian government has recalled its High Commissioner to South Africa, Martin Cobham, and his Deputy, Uche Okeke. In a statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Minister of Foreign Affais Ambassador Aminu Wali, said the Nigerian envoys has been recalled for consultation.
The statement by the Minister read thus; “The Honourable minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, has summoned for consultation, Nigeria’s senior diplomats on tour of duty in South Africa. These are the acting high commissioner in Pretoria, Ambassador Martin Cobham, and the deputy high commissioner in Johannesburg, Ambassador Uche Ajulu-Okeke.
“The invitation is in connection with the ongoing xenophobia in South Africa targeting foreigners, mainly African migrants.
“It will be recalled that the current spate of attacks began about three weeks ago, and have so far claimed some seven lives, destruction of property and created fear and uncertainty in the minds of African migrants in the former apartheid enclave.
“The South African President, Mr Jacob Zuma, has condemned the attacks in a statement presented to the South African National Assembly.