South Africa has slammed Nigeria for recalling her ambassadors from the country following recent spate of xenophobic attacks on some foreign nationals which left at least seven people dead.
Nigeria had on Saturday recalled her Acting High Commissioner to South Africa Martin Cobham and his Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke for consultations on the attacks.
“We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting. It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step. If this action is based on the incidents of attacks on foreign nationals in some parts of our country, it would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode for whatever agenda,” Clayson Monyela spokesperson for Department of International Relations and Co-operation, said yesterday.
He however said that South Africa remained committed to creating a g bond and bilateral relations with Nigeria.
“It is for this reason that when 84 of our citizens perished on Nigerian soil, we did not blame the Nigerian government for the deaths and more than nine months delay in the repatriation of the bodies of our fallen compatriots, or for the fact that when these bodies eventually returned, they were in a state that they could not be touched or viewed as required by our burial practice,” said Monyela.
The 84 were part of a group of 116 that were killed when a guest house of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, headed by TB Joshua, collapsed in September last year.
Source : Daily Trust