FG not aware South Africa closed down Mission in Nigeria, says Onyeama

The Federal Government on Thursday said it was not aware that the South African government has closed down its foreign missions in Nigeria.

The South African Foreign Affairs Minister, Naledi Pandor was reported to have said that the country had temporarily closed its embassy in Nigeria.

According to her, South Africa was in constant touch with Nigerian authorities to try to restore calm, as she claimed that there was no provision in local law for compensation for damage caused in the attacks.

But briefing State House correspondents on Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama said: “We are not aware that the South African government has closed down its High Commission here in Abuja or its Consulate in Lagos.”

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He also insisted that the Nigerian government must go ahead to press for compensation on the attacks and destruction of the businesses of Nigerians in South Africa.

He explained that inviting the Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa would help the Nigerian government get the necessary information on the recent attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

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