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‘You are fuelling xenophobia’ — Onyeama hits back at SA minister

‘You are fuelling xenophobia’ — Onyeama hits back at SA minister

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, has accused Naledi Pandor, his South African counterpart, of fueling 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.

Recall South African minister made the claim while reacting to concerns that the country’s security agencies are not doing enough to stop attacks on foreigners.

“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.

“A belief that Nigerian nationals are involved in human trafficking and other abusive practices.”

Reacting via his Twitter handle, Onyeama described Pandor’s comments as “outrageous.”


Geoffrey Onyeama

@GeoffreyOnyeama
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://punchng.com/video-keep-drug-dealers-human-traffickers-out-of-our-country-south-african-minister-tells-nigeria/ …

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Keep drug dealers, human traffickers out of our country, South African minister tells Nigeria
Naledi Pandor, South African minister of foreign affairs has called on the Nigerian government to keep citizens who are into drug peddling, human trafficking and other vices from coming their count...

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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.”

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