The Nigerian Government has denied knowledge of South African Government closing down its foreign missions in Nigeria.
Media reports on Thursday had quoted the South African Foreign Affairs Minister, Naledi Pandor as well as the country’s acting High Commissioner, Ambassador Bobby Moroe, of announcing the temporary closure of its embassy in Nigeria.
The action was said to have been taken over the fear of reprisal attacks on the embassy by Nigerians.
Some Nigerians, who were angry over the xenophobic attacks on their compatriots in South Africa were said to have on Wednesday engaged in reprisal attacks on South African businesses in the country.
But when asked to respond on the news of South Africa closing its embassy in Nigeria, Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama told State House correspondents on Thursday, that, “We are not aware that the South African government has closed down its High Commission here in Abuja or its Consulate in Lagos.”
He further said that nothing was going to stop the Nigerian government from pressing for compensation on the attacks and destruction of the businesses of Nigerians in South Africa.
He further said that inviting Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa would assist the government to be better informed on the recent attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.