Nigeria`s minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said his country will not severe diplomatic ties with South Africa as a result of the attacks on Nigerians.
Mr. Onyeama said this when he appeared before the senate committee on disapora on Friday, explaining that taking such action would not be in the interest of Nigerians in South Africa.
According to him, his country would consider other options apart from diplomatic ties severance, to resolve the ongoing face-off.
He said, “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,” he said.
“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.
“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.
“He should be back tomorrow (Saturday), that will now give the government the basis for further action. In the mean time, if the government is very much on top of the situation.
“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.”