20 March 2017

Nigeria: Xenophobia - NGE Asks Govt to Protect Nigerians Abroad

The Nigerian Guild of Editors has urged the Nigerian government to be more responsive in protecting her citizens in foreign countries.

The call was contained in a communiqué issued by the NGE at the end of its standing committee meeting in Osogbo, Osun State on Friday. The communiqué was signed by NGE President Funke Egbemode and General Secretary Victoria Ibanga.

"The government, should as a matter of national interest apply the country's foreign policy of reciprocity that affects mutual relations between Nigeria and other countries," the communiqué reads in part.

"The Editors are dismayed at the conspiratorial silence of Senior South African nationalists, who know the enormous contributions of Nigeria to the emergence of the Independent South Africa. The South African Institute of International Affairs records that Nigeria spent a whopping USD$61 billion between 1960 and 1995 in the fight against apartheid," it added.

The guild enjoined Nigerians resident in South Africa to remain calm, law-abiding and continue to go about their legitimate businesses even in the face of provocation.

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