Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, has accused Naledi Pandor, his South African counterpart, of fuelling xenophobia.
Onyeama made the accusation on Friday while reacting to Pandor’s statement that many Nigerians living in South Africa are involved in drug trafficking.
“I would appreciate them (Nigeria) in helping us as well to address the belief our people have and the reality that there are many persons from Nigeria dealing in drugs in our country,” she had said.
Reacting via his Twitter handle, Onyeama described Pandor’s comments as “outrageous.”
Quoting a story on the South African minister’s comment, he said: “It is precisely this kind of outrageous stigmatization of a people from senior government officials that fuel xenophobia and embolden criminals.”
It is precisely this kind of outrageous stigmatization of a people from senior government officials that fuel xenophobia and embolden criminals. #ENOUGHISENOUGH @NigeriaGov @DigiCommsNG@NGRPresident @_AfricanUnion @ecowas_cedeao https://t.co/Ok6WF0Idgp
— Geoffrey Onyeama (@GeoffreyOnyeama) September 6, 2019
The xenophobic attacks forced Nigeria to pull out of the ongoing World Economic Forum in South Africa. The country also recalled its high commissioner, Kabir Bala, from the country as tension mounts.