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SEE DOCUMENTS | We Did Not Recall Our Envoy to South Africa – Nigeria

by on April 27, 2015
 

By Yemi Adebowale

The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday refuted widespread media reports that it has recalled the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa.

The Minister of State II for Foreign Affairs, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro had on Sunday through his official Twitter account dispelled media reports that Nigeria has recalled its envoy to South Africa.

In an official statement on Monday by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Ministry reaffirmed that the statement earlier issued by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was “to summon, for routine consultation, the Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria to South Africa and the Consul General in Johannesburg over the xenophobic attacks on some foreigners, including Nigerians, in South Africa. This is a usual practice in the conduct of diplomacy”, the statement read.

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“Much as the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs and the generality of Nigerians are deeply concerned about the xenophobic attacks, there are satisfactory indications that the South African authorities have taken firm measures to stem the tide of the attacks”, the statement added.

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The Nigerian Foreign Affairs Ministry had summoned its High Commissioner to South Africa, which it made public in a statement on Saturday, erroneously reported by a section of the media as a ‘recall’.

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Immediately the news hit the media, the South African Government on Sunday rushed to react in a strongly worded statement where it expressed its displeasure over Nigeria’s purported diplomatic recall of its envoys to South Africa.

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A senior diplomatic official at the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Ministry who spoke to BREAKING TIMES on Monday noted that there were only two grounds upon which a country would consider recalling its envoy to another country; “One, if the recalling country has sufficient reasons to believe that there is a serious diplomatic breakdown in its relationship with the receiving country or secondly, if the receiving country has serious concerns against the envoy. None of these was the case between Nigeria and South Africa”, the official said.

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