Xenophobia: Many Nigerians Are Drug Dealers, Human Traffickers, Says South Africa’s Minister Pardor
While the African continent fume over the xenophobic attacks on black migrants in South Africa, its Minister of foreign affairs, Naledi Pandor says many Nigerians are drug dealers.
Pandor also tagged Nigerians human traffickers.
A South African outfit, eNCA reports that Pandor said Nigerians are “harming our young people”
He reportedly made the statement on Thursday while reacting to criticism that had trailed South Africa’s security agencies for doing less to curb the activities of the hoodlums and protect foreigners.
Many Nigerians lost properties running in millions of dollars in the fresh attacks.
According to eNCA, when asked if the country’s security agencies helped in protecting foreigners including Nigerians, she responded: “I would appreciate them in helping us as well to address the belief our people have and the reality that there are many persons from Nigeria dealing in drugs in our country.
“I believe that Nigerian nationals are involved in human trafficking and other abusive practices.
“This kind of assistance in ensuring that such persons do not come to our country will be of great assistance to our nation.”
Nigeria pulled out of the ongoing World Economic Forum in South Africa in reaction to the xenophobic attacks.
The federal government also summoned South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Monroe.
President Muhammadu Buhari also sent a special envoy to express his concerns to President Cyril Ramaphosa over the attacks.
Nigeria demanded full compensation for its citizens affected in the attacks, but Pardon said there shall be no such provision.