Nigeria Should Break Diplomatic Ties With South Africa – Former Minister

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Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has suggested a break-up of diplomatic ties with South Africa over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.

Mr Fani-Kayode said in a tweet on Wednesday that the Federal Government’s approach of sending an envoy was not the best way to handle the situation, Igbere TV reports.

He added that South African companies in Nigeria should also be nationalised to send a message to South African authorities.

“The only way to make the South Africans appreciate that Nigerians cannot be killed like chickens is not by sending an envoy but by breaking off diplomatic relations and nationalising all South African companies in Nigeria. If they do not stop after that then we should declare war,” the former minister said.

Fani-Kayode had on Tuesday said that if he were president of Nigeria, no South African company would feel safe at this time.

The latest attacks began last week after a taxi driver was murdered by an alleged drug dealer in Pretoria.

Speculations that the alleged killer was a Nigerian sparked protest, looting and burning of business centres owned by foreigners.

Three persons were reported to have been killed in a fire started by a mob on an abandoned building in the Jeppestown area of Johannesburg.

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