Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says Nigerian shops in South Africa are being looted and burnt by mindless criminals with the complicity of the country’s police.
In a tweet on Monday, the minister described the constant negative report about treatment of Nigerians in South Africa as “sickening”, vowing that the federal government will take needed steps to curb the situation.
“Received sickening and depressing news of continued burning and looting of Nigerian shops and premises in #SouthAfrica by mindless criminals with ineffective police protection. Enough is enough. We will take definitive measures,” he tweeted.
Nigerians in South Africa have been victims of attacks and plunder, more of which are xenophobic.
But Monday’s attack reached a worrying new low, with videos on social media purportedly showing Nigerians and other African nationals being beaten and burnt alive.
The federal government has yet to make a formal statement regarding the shocking development.