The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Friday, said that the country would not severe diplomatic ties with South Africa following the current xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
The Minister, who stated this on Friday during his appeared before the Senate Committee on Diaspora, said taking such action would not be in the interest of Nigerians in South Africa.
Geoffrey Onyeama said available statistics from the Nigeria High Commission in Pretoria indicated that over 800, 000 Nigerians are legally living in the South African country.
According to him, any attempt by the country to cut diplomatic relations with the former apartheid nation would greatly affect Nigerians and their huge investment there.
He said the special envoys dispatched to Johannesburg by President Muhammadu Buhari are expected back to Nigeria on Saturday (tomorrow ).
He explained that their report would guide the Nigerian leader to take decisive action in the overall interest of the country.
Onyeama, who briefed journalists after a meeting with the Senate panel led by Senator Bashir Ajibola, said Nigeria would consider other options apart from diplomatic ties severance, to resolve the unfortunate development.
He said, “We are not thinking of the stage of diplomatic ties called off. There are various options. We are not by any means at a stage where we are breaking diplomatic relations with South Africa.
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