Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the security of Nigerians living in South Africa remained an issue – adding that it was an aspect likely to feature prominently in the discussions between the two countries on Wednesday.
Onyeama is satisfied that the South African government is committed to ensuring the security of Nigerians in South Africa, however he still wants better and more mechanisms in place to protect immigrants.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has landed in Nigeria, at the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Peace, stability and continental integration are expected to be the main items on the agenda, but Onyeama’s grievance is unlikely to be ignored, given that Minister of Police Bheki Cele is also a part of this trip.
“On the issue of the early warning system, we hope to have the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed soon,” Onyeama told Vanguard News on Tuesday.
“I am discussing with South African Foreign Affairs Minister to put in place the mechanism that will go a long way in addressing the security of Nigerians in South Africa. The Minister was very supportive and believed that Nigeria should not be targeted. She is ready to do everything possible, including having Nigeria being part of some of security apparatus being put in place to monitor and provide security in the country,” added Onyeama.