Geoffery Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has said that Nigeria will not severe diplomatic ties with South Africa over the ongoing hate crimes against foreigners in the country.
The minister stated this on Friday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Diaspora, chaired by Senator Bashir Ajibola.
He revealed that over 800,000 Nigerians were legally living in South Africa and severing ties will not be in their interest. He added that it may cause a loss of huge investment for them.
He said the special envoys dispatched to Johannesburg by President Muhammadu Buhari would return to Nigeria on Saturday.
He explained that their report would guide the Nigerian leader to take a decisive action in the overall interest of the country.
“We are not thinking to the stage of diplomatic ties called off. There are various options. We are not by any means at a stage where we are breaking diplomatic relations with South Africa.
“We just met with the senate committee to review the situation with regards to South Africa and we looked at all the possible options we analysed the possible causes and agreed on a road map going forward.
“Part of that road map on the executive side Mr. President has dispatched a special envoy to South Africa who would be holding discussion with the South African government at the very highest level,” he said.
“We know for a fact that no Nigerian life has been lost so we are extremely concerned now to ensure that there will be adequate compensation for property that have been damaged.”