Federal Government of Nigeria has cautioned South African minister Naledi Pandor against making comments that does nothing but fuels Xenophobic attacks.
Speaking on behalf of the federal government Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama,, condemned her statement, describing it as ‘outrageous stigmatization of a people from senior government officials that fuel xenophobia and embolden criminals’
Pandor had granted an interview with ‘eNCA’, a South African news website, were she castigated and talked down on Nigerians, accusing them of been involved in illegitimate jobs, adding that drug traffickers in South Africa are Nigerians.
“I would appreciate them in helping us as well to address the belief our people have and the reality that there are many persons from Nigeria dealing in drugs in our country.
“I believe that Nigerian nationals are involved in human trafficking and other abusive practices. “These kind of assistance of ensuring that such persons do not come to our country will be of great assistance to our nation.
“Nigeria needs to help address the belief that its countrymen are involved in criminal activities”, Pandor said.
She said government is working to restore calm, adding that its aware of a resentment-driven “Afrophobia”.