Nigeria can’t sever relationship with South Africa – Onyeama

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama


Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama on Friday explained reasons why Nigeria cannot sever diplomatic relationship with South Africa despite xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in that country.

Onyeama, who appeared before the Senate Committee on Diaspora, disclosed that such action would not be in the interest of the nation, disclosing that currently, there were over 800,000 Nigerians legally living in the South African country.

According to him, any attempt by the country to cut diplomatic relationship with South Africa would greatly affect Nigerians and their huge investment there, adding that special envoys dispatched to Johannesburg by President Muhammadu Buhari would return to Nigeria on Saturday.

The minister explained that their report would guide the Nigerian leader to take a decisive action in the overall interest of the country, saying that Nigeria would consider other options apart from diplomatic ties severance, to resolve the unfortunate development.

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