The federal government of Nigeria has resolved to explore and adopt diplomatic measures to ensure the safety of its citizens and protect their properties in South Africa. The diplomatic measures would include the signing of Memorandum of Understanding ‘MOU’ between the two countries.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mustapha Suleiman made the disclosure today Thursday 19th September 2019 while addressing newsmen at a meeting between the Ministry and Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and Senator Mohammed Bulkachuwa at the national assembly complex, Abuja.
Ambassador Mustapha who represented the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said President Muhammadu Buhari would be meeting with his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, in October for a bilateral trade agreement. This is where the agreement to forestall future attacks against Nigerians resident in South African would be concreted.
According to him, part of the proactive measures was to develop early warning systems using the framework of the government of South Africa and Nigeria for deterrence and rapid responses in the event of future occurrence.
“Now we are trying to enter into Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between us and South Africa to forestall such attacks in the future. Prior before the incident, our president has been invited to South Africa. At the October 1st meeting, the MOU will be unveiled. The essence is to determine what to look up to if such happens in the future, the documentation for understanding on how such will be remedied”
Ambassador Suleiman who reinstated the federal government’s determination to protect its citizens wherever they were resident in any part of the globe, said about 800 Nigerians in South Africa have since signified interest in the ongoing voluntary evacuation from South Africa. He commended the gesture of the Chairman/ Chief Executive of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, whose airline has been giving free flights to Nigerians anxious to flee South Africa.