Outgoing Nigerian consul speaks against xenophobia in SA

South Africa and Nigeria must establish early warning systems to prevent xenophobic attacks according to the outgoing Nigerian Consul General, Godwin Adama. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa and Nigeria must establish early warning systems to prevent xenophobic attacks according to the outgoing Nigerian Consul General, Godwin Adama.

Recently, the Put South Africans First movement marched to Nigeria's embassy, blaming Nigerians for crime.

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It's tweets like those found under the hashtag "Put South Africa First" that serve as a reminder that all is not well in the relationship between South Africans and Nigerians.

Nigeria's outgoing Consul General, Godwin Adama, said his country stands firmly against crime.

Adama said, "just on the 15th on Thursday there was a demonstration against crime by Nigerian Citizens Association and to make sure that we are against crime and we don't support anyone who commits crime and profiling Nigerians is what we can accept."

Adama said it's important for the two African giants to establish early warning systems to deal with sporadic attacks on foreigners.

Recently, the #Put South Africans First movement marched to the Nigerian diplomatic mission in Pretoria, claiming Nigerians are responsible for a host of different crimes.

The diplomat said lives need to improve in both countries for attitudes to change.

"To find permanent solution we need economic buoyancy as you know some of these issues start where people are economically oppressed," Adama said.

The Nigerian community in South Africa has now bid Adama a farewell, praising him for his dedication

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eNCA