South Africa underrating Nigerian govt – Presidency blows hot over killing of citizens

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, senior special assistant
to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign
Affairs and Diaspora has again condemned the
incessant extra judicial killing of Nigerians living in
South Africa.

She said the continuous killings showed that South
African government was downplaying possible
retaliation by Nigeria.

In a statement on Saturday by her special
assistant on media, Abdurrahman Balogun, the
presidential aide said “this is one death, too
She said diplomatic talks between Nigeria and
South Africa to put an early warning signal in
place “doesn’t seem to be working”.
Recall that the Nigeria Union in South Africa
confirmed the killing of another member, Kingsley
Ikeri, at Vryheid town in Kwazulu Natal Province
of South Africa on August 30.

Ikeri, 27, a businessman and native of Mbaitolu in
Imo State, is the second Imo indigene to be so
killed in the last two weeks.

Reacting, Dabiri-Erewa described the latest extra
judicial killing of another Nigerian in South Africa
as “worrying and condemnable”.

She said that the latest gruesome killing of Ikeri by
the Police in South Africa, is “unacceptable to the
people and government of Nigeria”.

While reiterating President Buhari’s calls to
Nigerians to avoid crimes like drug peddling which
attracts stiff penalties, sometimes death, she
lamented that the latest incident has increased
the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa
through extrajudicial means in one year.
“The barbaric behaviour of the perpetrators is not
only unacceptable, but also calls for urgent
attention by diplomatic authorities in Nigeria and
South Africa”, she said.

Dabiri-Erewa urged the South African government
to ensure that justice prevails by carrying out
investigation and bring the culprit to book.
She reiterated her calls to Nigerians living abroad
to always respect the laws of their host countries
and be good ambassadors of Nigeria.
“My heart goes out to the families of the deceased
and pray God to grant the departed soul eternal
rest”, the SSA prayed.
Dabiri-Erewa had in February during a meeting in
Abuja with South Africa High Commissioner, Mr
Lulu Louis Mnguni, said a total of 116 Nigerians
have been killed in South Africa through
extrajudicial means in the last two years.
Seven in 10 of the killings were carried out by the
South African Police. 

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