UNGA won’t discuss xenophobic attacks — Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.
Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said the xenophobic attacks which affected Nigerians in South Africa will not be discussed at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Mr Onyeama said the UNGA is not a forum to take issue of the crises that just happened in South Africa, because the affected countries have the capacity to settle it within themselves.

The minister was speaking during a pre-UNGA press briefing on Tuesday in New York.

“We have not gotten to that stage. Rather, it is something that can be sorted out amongst ourselves,” the minister said.

He also added that President Muhammadu Buhari will be going to South Africa in October where a binational commission between South Africa and Nigeria will be formed at the levels of heads of state.

Concerning UNGA, the minister disclosed the overarching theme for the 74th UNGA as ‘Galvanising Multilateral Efforts for Poverty Eradication, Quality Education, Climate Action and Inclusion.

Mr Onyeama said “the theme captures four areas that also resonate with us as a country.

President Buhari will be the 5th head of state to issue his national statement at the assembly.

This, according to the minister, “”Tis great because when you consider the number of head of states that will be issuing their national statements, approximately 185 or so, President Buhari gets to speak early.

“This is a very high up advantage because he will have the attention of the world and also get the opportunity to project the country and articulate the priorities of his government and our country.”

“Of course this is so high up, you really do have the attention of the world” he added.

High-level meetings and side events will also take place during the UNGA.

Coronavirus factsheet


PT Mag Campaign AD

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application