Xenophobia: Nigeria won’t respond to attacks

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[Abuja]–The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, has said that Nigeria will not respond to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, India and other parts of the world.

While speaking at Abuja yesterday, as he said that any form of retaliation is against the cultural doctrines of the country.

He mentioned that while steps have been taken to curb such cases, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working to ensure that Nigerians get fair treatment abroad, through her embassies and missions.

“I would like to think that Nigerians will not start targeting innocent citizens for no other reason than that they are nationals of the countries in which some Nigerians were attacked. We are better than that and so far we have proved better than that

“Unfortunately, this is not something that is peculiar to embassies; the service culture is something we have to work on in Nigeria, it is obviously not something that comes naturally to us”, he said.

The Minister had been earlier credited to have said that  said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips have started yielding positive results, especially in the areas of economy and national security.

He said such visits had started attracting investors and enhancing Foreign Direct Investment into the country. He added that the trips were aimed at re-launching Nigeria in the mind of countries that hitherto distrusted it by rebuilding its image and restoring its past glory.

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