Xenophobia: South Africa condemns Nigeria’s recall of High Commissioner, jabs Jonathan

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The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, has described the recall of Nigeria’s High Commissioner as an “unfortunate and regrettable” diplomatic step.

In a statement, Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for DIRCO, said the South African government was shocked that the Nigerian government would resort “to such an extraordinary diplomatic step to express outrage at actions or behaviour of another government”.

“We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting,” Mr. Monyela said.

“It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step. If this action is based on the incidents of attacks on foreign nationals in some parts of our country, it would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode for whatever agenda.”

The. South African authority said despite the recall, the country remained committed to a strong bond of friendship and bilateral relations with Nigeria despite the death of 84 South Africans at a collapsed guest house of Synagogue Church of All Nations on September 12, 2014.

The country also took a jab at the outgoing administration of President Godluck Jonathan saying it would raise its concerns through diplomatic channels with the incoming Muhammadu Buhari administration and referencing the failure of the current administration to rescue the kidnapped chibok girls and also end Boko Haram insurgency.

“We shall also continue to support and not blame the Nigerian Government as it battles to deal with Boko Haram that continues to kill many innocent civilians,” the statement said. “We hope that the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram will someday be reunited with their families.”

South Africa and Nigeria have had a tense relationship since the former seized millions of dollars in cash illegally brought into its territory by Nigerian authorities.


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  • Guguru

    Jonathan: King of vindictiveness. He wants the South African government to pay back the embarrassment they caused him during the $15 million money laundering case. Jonathan never forgives and he never forgets.

    • Nkuu

      it seems you just drank ogogoro…to dilute it you may try using lucozade

      • Guguru

        Nkuu,

        Only a drunk will think and prescribe drinking something as a solution to life’s challenges. Is drinking the way you sort out the many confusions and ambiguities that riddle every corner of your fragile life, ehn? LOL.

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    What has death in a collapsed building and abduction of Chibok girls got to do with Xenophobic attacks? Are these the same black South Africans that Mandela spent 27 years in prison to bail out from apartheid? Wonders will never end.

  • Nwa _ Africa

    Clayson Monyela is a born coward and lazy pig…What concerns him/her with the issue of Boko Haram? Your evil people keep coming to SCOAN as nobody ever beg you fools to come to Nigeria and get deliverance…Keep talking until we seize the companies of South African in Nigeria. Lazy black South African fools

  • Interrogator

    Should President Jonathan proceed to dis-obey the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, and then,
    go ahead to inaugurate Muhammadu Buhari as an illegal president of Nigeria on 29th May,
    Jonathan will spend the rest of his life with his hands behind his back in pain explaining and
    re-explaining himself why he should not be docked and entered into the black book of history
    as a lawless president, since he knows he has no right to do what the Constitution prohibits.

    • weydem

      • The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be
      governed, nor shall any person or group
      of persons take control of the Government of
      Nigeria or any part thereof, except in
      accordance with the provisions of this
      Constitution…and a person shall not be qualified
      for election to the office of President if he has
      presented a forged certificate to the
      Independent National Electoral Commission.

      …………….Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution

      • Soja

        ???
        I think it’s time for your…

    • Soja

      ???

    • Uzoma John

      You no dey tire? Na wa for u o. Grieving more than the bereaved. Election has come and gone and Nigerians have spoken. Certificate or no certificate, GMB is our President. Get that into your empty skull. Anu mpam.

      • Raymond

        @Uzoboy:disqus

        NOBODY CAN AGREE WITH ANYBODY TO WAIVE THE 1999 CONSTITUTION – NOBODY!!!
        MUHAMMADU BUHARI STANDS DIS-QUALIFIED BY CONSTITUTION AND CAN’T BE SWORN IN.
        JONATHAN CAN CONCEDE POLL DEFEAT, BUT HAS NO POWER TO MAKE BUHARI ELIGIBLE.

        • Uzoma John

          Go and disqualify him. Loser. It is all over for all you crumbeaters. Jail await your paymasters. Nincompoops.

    • No Comment

      • The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any person or group
      of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or any part thereof, except in
      accordance with the provisions of this Constitution…and a person shall not be qualified
      for election to the office of President if he has presented a forged certificate to the
      Independent National Electoral Commission.

      …………….Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution

  • Soja

    Goodluck Jonathan is our son and it is only us (Nigerians) that have the right to take a jibe at him if we so feel. What concerns you people with Chibok girls? I thought you people are seizing money we want to use to procure arms. And about SCOAN, we send una message? abi na we say make una dey look for miracle up and down? You guys better be careful the way you address the government of Nigeria. We no dey throw bad pikin give lion to chop o.

  • Okey

    I am yet to see a country of utterly irresponsible leadership and utterly irresponsible citizens like South Africa, the country of the Jacob Zumas, Maite Nkoana-Mashabenes and Julius Malemas.Since Nelson Mandela bequeathed leadership to his fellow black brothers, it has been xenophobia and violent deaths every second of a life in South Africa. Due, largely, because the leaders who took over from Mandela. especially Jacob Zuma and his cronies, have turned primitive acquisition into a righteous act. For instance, the estates Jacob Zuma started building for himself whilst in office have become such a moral and legal burden to any community of human beings that lay claim to decency.

    But the irony of the misrule of today’s South Africa is that their black leaders have a way of passing the blame of “the peoples poor condition due to the presence of ‘illegal’ foreigners in our midst” (every hardworking, decent foreigner in South Africa is an “illegal” alien). This is the fraud the leaders of South Africa sell to its citizens in the closet, the vast majority of who are incorrigibly indolent loafers. The direct killings of foreigners by South Africans was directly encouraged by a so-called King Goodwill Zwelithini and Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, has been a vocal and steady apostle of these killings. Edward Zuma has had to say these at several fora: “These (foreigners) are unruly people in the country and I am not going to be apologetic about it. In America, you are questioned why you are there.” .. “People think that I am being xenophobic but I am not, I am just trying to make a point that we have a problem.” .. “They would never do that [reside illegally] in America. If this is the character they are showing then they must go.” .. “The South African Human Rights Commission can arrest me for my comments, it’s fine.”

    If the son of a President of a country could say all those, what better motivation for xenophobia and the South Africa killers anywhere in the world ?The recall of our High Commissioner to South is long overdue. Our parliament has called for that and I believe it is the minutest of all the methods to let South Africa know that those foreigners they are killing in their country are, after all, human beings.

    As far as I am concerned, the South African killers are acting tout he mindset of leaders of their government. Otherwise, how can a mob be killing fellow human beings for over two weeks and a responsible government and its police are there “begging” people without sophisticated weapons to “please sheath your swords.” That is most irresponsible. It clearly proves that the leaders of government in South Africa are complicit in it. The leaders themselves are more xenophobic than their common citizens. I recall, not long ago, they thoroughly humiliated Prof. Wole Soyinka at their airport, refused him entry and the man vowed never to go there again. That wasn’t the action of a mob. It is the action of so-called leaders. I recall again that not long ago, the South Africa government officials detained Nigerian passengers at their airport on a flimsy Yellow Card excuse, a card that their consulate in Nigeria had certified okay. The worst aspect of it is that, as I learnt, it was communicated to the South African government officials that infant and sucklings on that aircraft were equally detained and exposed to the elements on the tarmac. The government officials did nothing. They (the leaders) are not just xenophobia but wickedness personified. In fact, the ordinary South African citizen knows the heart of his leaders towards foreigners, especially Nigerians. That’s why killers of the reggae icon, Lucky Dube, pleaded in court that they had thought that the one they killed was a Nigerian. Meaning, it is a known fact that in South Africa,killing a Nigeria is no crime.

    South Africa should not get people me annoyed the more. Yes, we have Boko Haram and Chibok girls incident in Nigeria as a matter of crisis situation. In South Africa’s “peace” and” buoyant” economic times, it is a known “world record” that life is lost every minute. Because the black political leaders are deceitful, fraudulent and reckless. To me, it is now a matter of huge regret that the type of black man in South Africa was liberated; with better knowledge, I doubt seriously that he deserved liberation, much more leadership position. If they think that Nigeria will continue suffering humiliation under a Gen. Buhari, I think South Africa is living in foolery. Let them try it again.

  • Guguru

    South Africa,

    You create more jobs in Nigeria than Nigerians create in South Africa. Please, forgive Nigerians for their gross ignorance and lack of understanding basic diplomatic protocol. These are good people who have been led by professional criminals for far too long. Their ignorance is only as potent as the ignorance of their former clueless leader who ordinarily should have been a career janitor rather than his fortuitous and downright depressing assumption of the role as President.

    • burning spear

      Parents Of Missing Chibok Schoolgirls Blame Teachers – Parents of over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last year in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok have indicated that the vice principal (academic) of the school had knowledge of the plan to kidnap the girls.

      Some parents who spoke with Sahara Reporters claim that the role of the vice principal was at least questionable, adding that their daughters were made vulnerable to Boko Haram kidnappers.

      A mother of one of the abducted girls, Mariam Abubakar, stated that Vice Principal Yerima Banjiri had told the schoolgirls that any one of them who failed to sleep in the school the night of the abduction would be expelled as a student of Government Girls Secondary School Chibok.

      According to her, “A week before their abductions, Malam Yerima threatened the students not to leave for their various homes. He said that whoever went home should forget she was ever a student at the school. He told the girls that none of them should go home, that they must sleep in the school.

      “However, none of the teachers’ daughters or even the daughters of the management staff was among those kidnapped. Only the children of we poor people were asked to sleep in the school. The [teachers and administrators] had kept their children in safer places before Boko Haram arrived.”

      The distraught mother accused the vice president and possibly other staff of conniving with Boko Haram. “Our concern is that since the day of [the girls’] abduction, we have never set our eyes on Malam Yerima. He is on the run,” Ms Abubakar said.

      • burning spear

        These are the same thing the wife of the outgoing president has been saying for ages————since the girls were abducted–that it was an inside job——-organized by the Apes in APC–AND U ARE HERE TALKING RUBBISH—how old is Nigeria and when was oil discovered———————————-Did Morocco not recall her ambassador over a fake telephone conversation that APC used the NSA to set up———-Is it the fault of Jonathan that Nigerians from the South East and south-west–are in south Africa struggling to survive? Nigeria have had over 8 heads of state– before Jonathan———-

      • Guguru

        Smoldering Spear,

        LOL. Of what use is this news? Have you forgotten that Jonathan was suddenly able to defeat Boko Haram in 6 weeks when he could not do so in 5 years?

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Diplomatic gaffe on the part of south africa. Remember MTN was never apologetic, instead they rudely said over 6000 Nigerians in their employ will be affected if their interests are attacked. Then now this polite insult of our outgoing government. Ebele is turned into everybody’s whipping guy. Diaris god oo

    • Guguru

      We should never have voted for Ebele in the first place.

      • burning spear

        He does not need your votes———————–its you who needs his crude oil-that is why u helped the USA to install a 75 years old certificate—less quota system general—————out of 170m—-visionsless —-humans——-see why u are treated—–as a mr..nobody in africa—-?

        • ravenfin

          ozwo

        • Guguru

          Smoldering Spear,

          Have you taken your medication today? Howe did you manage to smuggle a computer into your ward?

      • BlackieUmukoro

        It is not about Jonathan anymore. Weep for yourself
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Guguru

          Blackie,

          Nigeria still suffers from Jonathan’s incredibly strange policies that seemed to encourage a new era of criminal behavior and acceptance.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            As l said, weep for yourself
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Guguru

            How do you weep when we have an awesome President-elect Buhari? Are you weeping in these times of great joy and happiness?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Thank God you have left the past. Be happy
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • burning spear

    Rubbish THESE ARE SOME OF THE REASON WHY I SAY THE NIGERIAN MEDIA is yet to mature——or arrive——–A man comes to your home to insult your parents and u clap for them————Because he had promised to give u food even if your father injects u from home for visiting the man who destroyed the foundation of your roots——–The Press is yet to mature to the level of full acceptance by every Nigerian—–Cause we still see PT as the mouth-organ of the Apes in APC————-Hundreds of Nigerians have been killed in South Africa————millions of dollars worth of—————businesses owned by Nigerians destroyed–and all we get from the south Africa is to align with APC to insult a country that helped to liberate south Africa—–with the oil revenue from the people of the south South—we did not Nationalise BP and Barclays Bank because Jonathan wanted to win elections——————It was because Nigeria yearned to give black south Africans a voice–and a place to liberate themselves———-

    • James Breen

      Yes my brother you are 100% correct. I remember the nationalisation of the British oil company in 1979. This was when Jonathan would have been about 21 years of age and nowhere near the Presidency. Nigeria made the move to nationalise because Britain were being intransigent in the whole apartheid problem, supporting apartheid regimes in Rhodesia and South Africa. This was when Margaret Thatcher the then UK Prime Minister clashed with many African leaders at the Commonwealth Head of States Conference in the autumn of 1979.

  • burning spear

    Parents Of Missing Chibok Schoolgirls Blame Teachers – Parents of over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last year in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok have indicated that the vice principal (academic) of the school had knowledge of the plan to kidnap the girls.

    Some parents who spoke with Sahara Reporters claim that the role of the vice principal was at least questionable, adding that their daughters were made vulnerable to Boko Haram kidnappers.

    A mother of one of the abducted girls, Mariam Abubakar, stated that Vice Principal Yerima Banjiri had told the schoolgirls that any one of them who failed to sleep in the school the night of the abduction would be expelled as a student of Government Girls Secondary School Chibok.

    According to her, “A week before their abductions, Malam Yerima threatened the students not to leave for their various homes. He said that whoever went home should forget she was ever a student at the school. He told the girls that none of them should go home, that they must sleep in the school.

    “However, none of the teachers’ daughters or even the daughters of the management staff was among those kidnapped. Only the children of we poor people were asked to sleep in the school. The [teachers and administrators] had kept their children in safer places before Boko Haram arrived.”

    The distraught mother accused the vice president and possibly other staff of conniving with Boko Haram. “Our concern is that since the day of [the girls’] abduction, we have never set our eyes on Malam Yerima. He is on the run,” Ms Abubakar said.

  • burning spear

    Buhari Initiated Xenophobia In Africa. – BBC News!!!

    The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has have linked the current hate attacks on Africans living in South Africa by the locals to Muhammadu Buhari and Shagari, who gave the same treatment to Africans, mostly West Africans in 1984.

    They claimed that the ‘Ghana-must-go’ policy against Africans was Muhammadu Buhari’s Legacy to Africa in 1984.

    The Seed of the shameful xenophobic Atrocities the World is sadly witnessing in South Africa presently was actually sown by Buhari more than 30 Years ago…

    The world keeps quite as Evil people destroy the peace of the Earth. The Oba of Lagos, Oba Akiolu and the US based Cardiologist, Dr Adeniran Abraham Ariyo who called for the Mass killing of Igbos in Nigeria and overseas need to stopped before they start or their utterances ignites another genocide

    • Maria

      That was shagari’s policy and not Buhari… hahahahahahahaha loser always!

    • Bejim

      Even then, Nigerians did not kill Ghanaians or other Africans, the had them deported. Deportation is by no means illegal under any known the international law.

  • Maria

    This is an irresponsible response from the so-called south african government… Now it is clear that south africa government supports and fuled the attacks of foreigners in south africa. And I hope Nigeria will take further steps to show the morons that South Africa cannot live as an island. I remember in my days in SA, one lady came to my school to give lecture on maritime… the ignorant south african top government official foolishly referred to african countries with no link to the sea or seaports… Nigeria was her first country in the list of landlocked countries… I will never forget or forgive that lady’s ignorance.

  • Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankan

    What is truly unfortunate and regrettable is the UNGRATEFUL attitude of her fellow xenophobic South Africans who are butchering their Black African brothers and sisters who shared their meagre resources with their in their struggle against Apartheid. Today they kill the Nigerians and other Africans who helped them out of slavery while they worship the beneficiaries of the exploitative Apartheid system who wanted to keep them enslaved under the Apartheid system. Nigeria should have in fact followed the example of MALAWI by boycotting South African businesses. They need the Nigerian and African market more than we need their limited market… So we should not be cajoled by their bluff…

    • James Breen

      I could not have put it better myself !

  • Aliyu Muhammad

    The action of the Nigerian government is the best action to take infact we should have taken that action earliest. The south Africans government is coward and doesn’t value human life or international laws otherwise it would have prevented this violence even before it started, by impeaching or warning that Zulu king the moment he said what he said, but the south Africans government chooses to keep quiet because he is saying it in their interest. However withdrawing our high commissioner is not enough, we have to also expel theirs and sanction all their businesses and interests here. We must take really serious action against these ungrateful animals

  • Okey

    National and International media have just reported the taunting of Nigeria by South Africa through the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, which resorted to using the Boko Haram and Chibok Girls incidents as justification for her deliberate failure to protect foreigners, especially Nigerians, in the hands of murderous South African youths. South Africa had resorted to this highly immoral defence as a reaction to the recall of Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa, the least of diplomatic measures employed in the circumstance by government of Nigeria.

    I must say that I am yet to see a country of utterly irresponsible leadership and utterly irresponsible citizens like South Africa, the country of the Jacob Zumas, Maite Nkoana-Mashabenes and Julius Malemas of this world. Since Nelson Mandela bequeathed leadership to his fellow black brothers, it has been xenophobia and violent deaths every second of a life in South Africa. Due, largely, because the leaders who took over from Mandela, especially Jacob Zuma and his cronies, have turned primitive acquisition into a righteous act. For instance, the estates Jacob Zuma started building for himself whilst in office have become such a moral and legal burden to any community of human beings that lay claim to decency.

    But the irony of the misrule of today’s South Africa is that their black leaders have a way of passing the blame of “the peoples poor condition due to the presence of ‘illegal’ foreigners in our midst” (Every hardworking, decent foreigner in South Africa is an “illegal” alien). This is the fraud the leaders of South Africa sell to their citizens in the closet, the vast majority of who are incorrigibly indolent loafers. The direct killings of foreigners by South Africans was directly encouraged by a so-called King Goodwill Zwelithini and Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, has been a vocal and steady apostle of encouragements leading to these killings. Edward Zuma has had to say these at several fora: “These (foreigners) are unruly people in the country and I am not going to be apologetic about it. In America, you are questioned why you are there.” .. “People think that I am being xenophobic but I am not, I am just trying to make a point that we have a problem.” .. “They would never do that [reside illegally] in America. If this is the character they are showing then they must go.” .. “The South African Human Rights Commission can arrest me for my comments, it’s fine.”

    If the son of a President of a country could say all those, what better motivation for xenophobia and the South Africa killers anywhere in the world ? And nothing can best demonstrate the complicity of the South African government and leaders in these killings than this taunt: “After all, you have unresolved issues of Boko Haram and Chibok Girls and you still expect us to protect the lives of Nigerians in South Africa !” No entity with any moral fibre can ever recourse to this behaviour of South Africa. It is only an immoral and satanic government that could muster any courage to employ this taunt as defence or alibi. The issues are completely different. Whereas Boko Haram wants an Islamic state, the Killer Youths of South Africa are saying “We don’t have jobs, give us jobs.” And whereas, even with annoying slowness, the Nigeria government is tackling her problem, the South African government on the other hand, is inciting their youths against foreigners – they make them believe, “We are doing our best but for the foreigners in our presence.” The recall of our High Commissioner to South is long overdue. Our parliament has called for that and I believe it is the minutest of all the methods to let South Africa know that those foreigners they are killing in their country are, after all, human beings.

    As far as I am concerned, the South African killers are acting out the mindset of leaders of their government and country. Otherwise, how can a mob be killing fellow human beings for over two weeks and a responsible government and its police are there “begging” people without sophisticated weapons to “please sheath your swords.” That is most irresponsible. It clearly proves that the leaders of government in South Africa are complicit in it. The leaders themselves are more xenophobic than their common citizens. I recall, not long ago, they thoroughly humiliated Prof. Wole Soyinka at their airport, refused him entry and the man vowed never to go there again. That wasn’t the action of a mob. It is the action of so-called leaders. I recall again that not long ago, the South Africa government officials detained Nigerian passengers at their airport on a flimsy Yellow Card excuse, a card that their consulate in Nigeria had certified okay. The worst aspect of it is that, as I learnt, it was communicated to the South African government officials that infant and sucklings on that aircraft were equally detained and exposed to the elements on the tarmac. That made no impact on the government officials and they did nothing. They (South African leaders) are not just xenophobia but wickedness personified. In fact, the ordinary South African citizen knows the heart of his leaders towards foreigners, especially Nigerians. That’s why killers of the reggae icon, Lucky Dube, pleaded in court that they had thought that the one they killed was a Nigerian. Meaning, it is a known fact that in South Africa, killing a Nigeria is no crime.

    South Africa should not get people like me annoyed the more. Yes, we have Boko Haram and Chibok girls incident in Nigeria as a matter of crisis situation. In South Africa’s “peace” and” buoyant” economic times, it is a known “world record” that, every minute, life is lost. Because the black political leaders are deceitful, fraudulent and reckless. In their closets, they pass off this contradiction to their jobless population as “Due to the presence of foreigners in our midst.” To me, it is now a matter of huge regret that the type of black man in South Africa was liberated; with better knowledge, I doubt seriously that he deserved liberation, much more leadership position. If they think that Nigeria will continue suffering humiliation under a Gen. Buhari, I think South Africa is living in foolery. Let them try it again.

  • Man_Enough

    This clay man has mouth because nigerians are peace lovers. South africa will suffer more. Mtn and other sa companies cannot throw our workers out. We will just anex them. Aftre all there are nigerian share holders in those companies.

  • Oga

    Thank u my government for your action please make sure you take SA government to wherever they will answer for the actions of their King because the king is part of the government!

    In South Africa, Xenophobia is not a crime, what is a crime is the actions committed during xenophobia. There are some types of xenophobia that are not violent but are still xenophobic. This happens in some parts of the government departments . What the SA govt is now doing by deploying troops on the streets, is merely against the violent type of Xenophobia, what of other types of xenophobia that gave birth to this violent type???A case in point is the words uttered by the King.

    In conclusion, the govt of SA must , if they want to fight Xenophobia, enact a law against Xenophobia itself not just the actions committed under the name. As long as they are not doing that, the government IS Xenophobic! SCREW THEM!!!

  • Oga

    I cannot believe Monyela has stooped that low! Boko haram? Seriously? ! What does Boko Haram and Chibok girks have to do with Xenophobia???

    Lets “pretend to be educated shall we?!”you can’t link terrorism with Xenophobia! These are 2 completely different cases! Are u saying the King and the perpetrators are also terrorists? If that’s what you saying then ok. But if u trying to justify the government’s lack of action to curb these attacks well in time then this is most disappointing!
    The fact that u keep running away from the issue at hand and resorting to changing the subject is very disgusting! And also shows lack of intellect. You are not above the law! Always remember that next time u choose to open your mouths!