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Xenophobia: Nigeria pulls out of economic forum, to recall ambassador to South Africa

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The Nigeria High Commissioner to South Africa, Kabiru Bala, will any moment from now be recalled for consultation over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in that country.

A Presidency source who disclosed this to The Nation also said that Nigeria had pulled out of World Economic Forum on Africa billed for Capetown, South Africa, from September 4-6 over the xenophobic attacks.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo was to represent Nigeria at the forum.

Earlier, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Malawi pulled out of the event.
Presidents Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Felix Tshisekedi (DRC) and Peter Mutharika (Malawi) have all withdrawn from the event.

The source said that Nigeria has also demanded for full compensation for the victims of the attacks.

According to the source, this is the outcome of President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo and Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, brainstorming session on the raging Xenophobic attacks of Nigeria in South Africa.

Mr Onyeama had on Tuesday during a joint news briefing with the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Moroe, insisted: “In the first place, we must address the issue of compensation.

“There has to be accountability and there has to be responsibility for compensating all those Nigerians that have suffered loss and we are going to absolutely push forward.”

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