- Nigeria’s request for compensation for its citizens who are victims of the Xenophobic attacks in South Africa has been turned down by the South African Government.
- South Africa says that payment of Compensation is not in the laws which guide their administration.
- Foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said that Nigeria is ready to take necessary measures to ensure that victims are compensated
Geoffrey Onyeama insisted that the federal government of Nigeria will hold the government of South Africa to account for Nigeria’s request for compensation for its citizens who are the major victims of the xenophobic attacks.
However, South African foreign affairs minister, Naledi Pandor said that the payment of compensation was not in the laws of the country’s law.
36Naija News reported that the Nigerian government is eager for the victims of the violence and attacks to be fully compensated.
The federal government has already dispatched an envoy to Pretoria, as it seeks diplomatic means to solve the matter.
The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Adeola Olubajo, disclosed that more than 200 Nigerians have been killed in persistent attacks over the last couple of years, and many more have lost their goods and properties worth millions of dollars.
In a chat with the press, the Nigerian minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama reiterated the need for compensation for victims of the xenophobic crisis.
“Our citizens there have suffered a lot. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that they are compensated and we will take measures necessary and do whatever we have to do to ensure that they are compensated.
” Before that, Onyeama had stated on Tuesday, September 3: “Full compensation has to be paid because as we have discovered from previous experience, a lot of these Nigerians lost their property and it is a long drawn out process and very often are not compensated for it.
“But on this occasion, the Nigerian government is going to fight for full compensation and hold the government of South Africa to account.”
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