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S’Africa taunts Jonathan over Chibok girls

S’Africa taunts Jonathan over Chibok girls
April 26
15:44 2015
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South Africa has faulted the decision of the federal government to recall its high commissioner, saying it would communicate diplomatically with Nigeria when Muhammadu Buhari becomes president in May.

The country also taunted President Goodluck Jonathan over the Chibok saga, saying: “We hope that the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram will someday be reunited with their families.”

Recalling that it did not take a similar action when many of its citizens where trapped during the collapse of a guest house at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, it described the reaction of the Nigerian government as “unfortunate and regrettable”.

“The South African government takes note that the outgoing government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has recalled its acting high commissioner to South Africa,” read a statement issued by Clayson Monyela, spokesperson of the department of international relations and cooperation.

“A government resorts to such an extraordinary diplomatic step to express outrage at actions or behaviour of another government.

“We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting. It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step. If this action is based on the incidents of attacks on foreign nationals in some parts of our country, it would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode for whatever agenda.

“Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has just returned from Indonesia to attend the Africa-Asia Summit and the 60th Anniversary of the historic Bandung Conference.  At no stage did the Nigerian delegation present at that gathering, express its intention to formally raise the issue with the South African side.

“South Africa remains committed to a strong bond of friendship and bilateral relations with Nigeria. It is for this reason that when 84 of our citizens perished on Nigerian soil, we did not blame the Nigerian Government for the deaths and more than nine (9) months delay in the repatriation of the bodies of our fallen compatriots, or for the fact that when these bodies eventually returned, they were in a state that they could not be touched or viewed as required by our burial practice.

“We will raise our concerns through diplomatic channels with the new administration that will assume office in Nigeria next month.”

In a manner that appears to be a mockery of government’s handling of the insurgency in the country, the statement added that South Africa has been able to bring the xenophobic attack under control and has been receiving support from other African countries.

“Through our interventions, relative calm and order has been restored,” the statement read.

“We are encouraged by the solidarity our country continues to receive from other African countries and the international community.

“We shall also continue to support and not blame the Nigerian government as it battles to deal with Boko Haram that continues to kill many innocent civilians. We hope that the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram will someday be reunited with their families.”

Nigeria and South Africa have been having difficult diplomatic relations attributed to rivalry.

The countries clashed over the course of action in the disputed Cote d’Ivoire elections in 2011 as well as the overthrow of Muammar Ghaddafi as Libyan leader.

South Africa also deported Nigerians over failure to provide valid yellow fever immunisation cards at entry point, an action Nigeria replied in kind.

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  1. Ola
    Ola April 26, 19:58

    IT WILL BE A GRAVE MISTAKE IF APC/BUHARI ALLOWED THIS INSULT TO STICK. THE MEDIA ARM OF PRESIDENT -ELECT SHOULD FRONTALLY ADDRESS THIS ISSUE BY BACKING WHATEVER ACTION THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN. ITS UNDIPLOMATIC OF SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT TO PLAY US AGAINST EACH OTHER .

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  2. Magnus Onyibe
    Magnus Onyibe April 27, 01:58

    What an effrontery on the part of South Africa to poke fun at Nigeria about the missing chibok girls and reference to the tragedy at the synagogue church in response to Nigeria recall of Nigerian high commissioner following xenophobia attacks against black foreigners in that country?Moroco disrespected Nigeria when the king of that declining desert kingdom claimed he shunned president goodluck Jonathan during the recent presidential campaign.Given the events in the past few weeks after GMB became the president-elect and the Moroccan ambassador was one of the first to visit GMB,the information that denigrated Jonathan and by extension Nigeria was obviously leaked to the press by an APC stalwart who is now a senator and other facilitators of the Moroccan ambassador’s early courtesy visit to GMB.Those engaging in such act of sabotage of their country should not forget that GMB would become president of Nigeria on May 29th and not republic of Songhai or any other name that would be different from the Nigerian brand. So compromising the Nigerian brand or national integrity for cheap political gains in my view is unpatrotic. South Africa is perhaps copying the morroccan strategy of aligning with opposition party to embarrass the ruling party hence it’s rapid comment .If the in-coming govt of GMB encourages that sort of in dignifying attitude towards Nigeria by acquiescing with Nigeria’s irreverent neigbours and rivals, in the long run, it would amount to digging the grave of this country because other countries will soon start copying the concept of getting involved in local Nigerian politics and Nigeria will loose its high esteem. Going by GMB’s love for Nigeria which was exhibited in the past when he drove away foreign soldiers who made incursions into Nigeria when he was GOC, l have no doubt that he would.not tolerate such disrespect by foreign countries fir our sovereignty by not meddling in our internal politics.Those aligning with foreign countries to denigrate Nigeria for short term benefits should not forget that one day GMB and APC like PDP and Jonathan will also loose control of govt at the centre, if democracy is allowed to thrive and Nigeria would have been diminished in stature due to the parochial self interest of a few over zealous power mongers,when similar undermining tactics are applied by those who would take over.There is no basis of comparison between what happened in synagogue church to South African xenophobia as the South Africa spokesman did. It’s very cheeky for South Africa to be reminding Nigeria of the unfortunate situation of the chibok girls kidnapped by terrorists and yet to be brought back to their grieving families more so because of the ignoble role South Africa played in seizing the funds deployed by Nigeria to acquire the badly needed arms and ammunitions to fight Boko haram terrorists.Unlike South Africa other African countries like Niger Republic and Cameroon amongst others have helped to repel the Boko haram insurgency through Trans border cooperation which Nigeria now enjoys had which she had extended in the past in other aspects such as fighting rinderpest disease etc.Besides that, Nigeria has also been in the forefront of fighting on behalf of other African countries such as the liberation of Rhodesia which later became Zimbabwe from white supremacist rule. Perhaps, the South African spokesman has forgotten so easily that his country was able to unshaclkle itself from apartheid through Nigeria’s effort at a very great cost to Nigeria financially and diplomatically. Under OBJ , Nigeria took on almighty USA and UK by nationalizing their assets when those countries continued to back white minority leaders .The very powerful, Secretary of State of the USA ,Henry Kissinger was denied permit to stop over in Nigeria to dialogue with OBJ as a protest against western pro apartheid stance.A conspiracy theory ascribes the sudden fcrash of international oil price subsequently to an all time low was a ploy by the western powers led by USA and Uk to teach Nigeria a lesson because it was believed that high price of crude oil which was Nigeria’s strength and power to be the leader of africa, needed to be manipulated to undermine her economy and cut her to size, so to speak. Nigerian economy indeed was brought down by the conspiracy of the western powers that Nigeria offended while defending blacks in South Africa by fighting for the majority rule the blacks and end of apartheid. During the reign of Shehu Shagari , the sudden drastic drop of oil price led to the infamous container amada in nigerian ports,; subsequent austerity measures and the toppling of a democratically elected govt by the military owing to the hardship that was visited on the masses as a fall out of the western powers action which is incidentally not different from the current situation in the oil market whereby the supper powers are manipulating the supply and hence massive price drop by over 50% to punish Russian for its unwholesome practices against Ukraine which it invaded claiming territories illegally and also as an instrument meant to compel Iran to a negotiating table over its nuclear program.
    Inadvertently, Nigerian democracy which could have been over thirty years old by now was suspendend in 1983 through a coup d’état until it was graciously reistored by Gen Abfulsalam in 1999 following the death of Gen Sanni Abscha, the dictator who died in office.Incidentally,the beneficiaries of Nigeria’s suspended democracy was South Africa when apartheid was eradicated owing to pressure mounted by Nigeria amongst others and South Africa thus became the first major African country to embrace democracy at that critical time and earned all the respect and investment opportunities that could have accrued to Nigeria if it had continued on the democratic path it had charted when OBJ handed over to Shagari in 1978.
    Already, USA and UK have against normal diplomatic practice tried to dabble into Nigeria’s interval affairs when foreign secretary john Kerry of USA and Hammond of USA issues joint statements about Nigeria’s general elections while votes were being collated and that was in addition to Kerry’s earlier ‘shuttle diplomacy’ visit to the leading candidates during the run up to the elections. Since diplomats watch actions of one another and reactions, the tendency fir more of such diplomatic disrespect to continue is high because govt seem to be condoning it . In my considered opinion,had the USA and uk affront been rebuffed, morocco might not have adopted similar strategy, neither would South Africa be indulging in it now. Recall the consequences of USA meddling in interval politics in Lebanon, Egypt,and Libya. Hamas gained popularity in Lebanon over FATAH because of resistance to more liberal PLO that was adjudged by the people as surrogates of USA. Ditto for Egypt and voting into office of the radical Muslim brotherhood but it was later ousted in a coup d’état. How about Libya and the sad situation that led to the unfortunate death of the USA ambassador to Libya? When the Republican Party in the USA conspired to remove a Democratic Party president through the infamous scandal which saw USA security agencies compromising themselves by leaking information that led to the botching of evacuation of American hostages to facilitate victory at the polls for the Republican Party , the USA paid dearly for it over a period of time even though the republicans succeeded in removing jimmy carter from office and replacing him with their own Ronald Reagan due to the failure of the Democratic Party president, carter to bring back the hostages safely following the alleged security compromise said to have been facilitated by a CIA boss who later became the president after Reagan.The recent Israeli president Benjamin nathayahu’s address at the Republican Party led parliament without the consent of the Democratic Party led presidency is example of such diplomatic faux pax which more often than not eventually hunt govts so GMB should beware.
    GMB will do well not to fall into such a trap no matter how alluring the prospects look now. No matter the prism from which it is considered ,South Africa remains our biggest rival on the continent of Africa.nigeria’s economy just nearly doubled theirs after the recent rebasement exercise.It could triple it if we remain on course as we have so far by engaging in a peaceful general election and the unfolding peaceful transition from GEJ of PDP to GMB of APC to the chagrin of doomsday prophets who had predicted Nigeria’s conflagration following conflicts arising from election results dispute.. GMB must not play to the gallery and allow foreigners set local political parties against each for their selfish gains. While l don’t support the proposed action of some aggrieved Nigerians to boycott South African owned businesses in Nigeria, l was appalled by a recent comment by south Africans that if Mtn or dstv is shut down as a result, over 6000 jobs or so will be lost. That in my view is hogwash. Vodacom of the uk that missed the train when Nigeria was selling gsm licenses can’t wait to fill the void that will be created just as Glo, Etisalat and Airtel have to render same service much the same way that Comcast of USA can come to replace dstv where startimes, a Chinese and NTA partnership is already making inroads.
    South Africa should put in more efforts into making her largely primitive populace as result of prolonged practice of apartheid, whereby they were denied access to education and wealth by their white oppressors,become more broad minded .l align with the irrepressible president of Zimbabwe,Robert Mugabe who was recently quoted as saying , he can’t understand why an average South African who is too afraid to even kick the statute of a while man can be killing his fellow black brother for no other reason than the allegation that he is denying him of job opportunities.
    Had OBJ entered into agreements with Zimbabwe and South Africa on the condition upon which Nigeria could help liberate them from white supremacist regime just like the USA does with the MONROE doctrine which stipulates that the USA recovers all her investments put into in helping a country fight insurgents or repel invaders just like they did by arranging to have the military cost of her helping Kuwait drive away lraq’s invaders of that country which led to the first gulf war,South Africans would have remembered exactly what Nigeria did to liberate them and be grateful but OBJ expended Nigeria’s wealth and goodwill and got nothing in return but envy and disrespect . I was amazed when on a visit to Zimbabwe and South Africa , l discovered that no monument, not even a street is named after OBJ or Nigeria in Zimbabwe or South Africa in recognition of the monumental effort and sacrifice that Nigeria made to liberate those countries from white colonialists through her adoption of Africa as centre piece of her foreign policy. Instead ,there were squares.and streets named after Sam Nuyoma,Samora Machel etc .This was perhaps because the ruling white South Africans shielded the average black South African from knowing the role Nigeria played in their redemption. In my view ,such critical information about their liberation from apartheid which in my view is equivalent to slave trade which we suffered in Africa and are taught in schools to remind us of our past should have been taught in schools as civics course in South African too.Perhaps the South African spokes man who was credited with the insulting statements would have known better. Although, the white minority rulers may be culpable in the attempt to deny southern African region countries of history of their past, leaders like the late venerable president , Nelson Mandela and highly respected Bishop Desmond Tutu who are privy to Nigeria’s effort , having benefited directly,should have done better by correcting the mistake.Similar mistakes were made when Nigeria intervened in Liberia and Serre-leone at colossal human and capital costs without arrangements to recoup our investments through proceeds from the diamond mines and rubber tyre factory in those countries as the USA did in Kuwait where their cost of prosecuting the first gulf war was recouped through proceeds from crude oil.
    With the dynamic cabinet that GMB is believed to be planning to put together to help him run the country, l’m optimistic that mistakes if the oar won’t be repeated by acting on parochial self interests as opposed to the overbidding interest of the larger society and entity , Nigeria.

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    • egbemart
      egbemart April 27, 06:42

      Magnus Onyibe, I savored your commentary. You’re a beautiful international diplomacy analyst.

      Hope you’re well positioned as an intellectual advisor to the Nigerian governmen.

      You seamlessly related the ties between international politics and economics. A game the Nigerian government is yet to gain mastery of. When a nation goes to the moon, it imprints its presence

      Every great nation uses politics to gain economic might, and economics to gain political power.

      Nigeria saved South Africa without imprinting herself in the heart of the nation. How would the ordinary South Africans know of our great deeds?

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  3. Enyinna
    Enyinna April 27, 02:50

    SA has continuosly shown that their people/govt have forgotten the role Nigeria played to liberate their country . Nigerians & indeed the in-coming Buhari administration must never allow SA to call us fools . We cannot afford to be divided on this issue .

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  4. odz
    odz April 27, 05:27

    Thank you very much. South Africa already knows what our nation is and will take advantage. The new government wants to be a darling of every nation, I have started seeing the trend when they said they’ll return the arms funds to the new government of APC. Its what we say about ourselves that people will call you.

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  5. Robertson
    Robertson April 27, 06:48

    First of all the South African president should know that he is not a Nigerian and has no rights whatsoever to take sides whatsoever between any of the Nigerian leaders or become a president of Nigeria too.If the south African economy is going down, doing so many foolish things like killing Nigerians and making mockery and disrespecteful statement about Nigerian internal politics should not be tolerated by Nigeria.They have their various tribes and tribal differences which they used in fighting against the Nigerian citizens in South Africa.Their president did not condemn this act neither did he try to arrest the offenders,rather he resorted to mocking Nigeria.
    They are taking us for bunch of fools. We all know the consequences of killing an American or any foreign citizen living in a foreign country.I think South Africa is trying to regain their lead as the giant of Africa while at same time trying to destabilise Nigeria through these inhuman dastardly acts.
    My advice to our leaders both the incumbent and incoming is to unite and make Nigeria stronger than other African countries and regain our respect as the leading country in Africa and the greatest black nation on earth.South Africa still owes Nigeria apologies for killing of its citizens for no reasons whatsoever.

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  6. ola
    ola April 27, 06:55

    Other country find the loophole in this current administration that is why they can talk or behave to Nigeria like that. This happened when this current administration personalise national issues.

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  7. Uhhmums
    Uhhmums April 27, 06:56

    Black South Africans are messed up. They have not recovered from what they went through in the hands of the white men during the years of apartheid ! Their Messed up brain has led them to this xenophobic action!!

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  8. Templar
    Templar April 27, 06:58

    The South African government under Jacob Zuma has consistently displayed it’s anti Nigerian inclination. Our solace is that not all political leaders in South Africa are on this path and we certainly hope that this recall is taken for what it is. And that is a strong message for the South African political leadership to sustain and increase efforts at ending the xenophobia and show courage in letting the young South African generation know the role African nations played in their fight for freedom.

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  9. Meg
    Meg April 27, 07:49

    We are hoping That the APC govt Will stem This insult from the South African govt.how i miss Madiba the man Zuma is a not a leader.

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  10. Tega
    Tega April 27, 08:30

    I Wish zuma good luck with resolving this issue in other diplomatic ways with buhari. NIGERIA knows, putting any bias aside that the most diplomatic President the nation has had thus far is Jonathan. Personally I don’t think our amiable Buhari government would have waited this long before taking this step
    As for Boko, those are more or less faceless individuals who are sworn to take their lives for no beneficial reason to their country. Which explain why a joint task force is fighting them tooth to nail.
    South Africa Xenophobia head has a face and a name, the followers and perpetrators have faces and the government seem to be handling the issue in a more or less non-chalant way because they are indifferent about the xenophobic treatment. This is can be affirmed by the way the security agents are responding when looting and killings are taking place.
    South Africa is in for a showdown! Imagine a government that says they are doing everything to stop the attack making cheap reference to chibok girls and synagogue tragedy because Nigeria recalled her envoy for feedback and next way forward.
    I don’t know much about diplomatic resolution, but from my experience I can tell that south Africa government is like an individual who is doing something wrong, was cautioned slightly and instead of showing remotes and make amends, is indirectly trying to justify its actions

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  11. otega
    otega April 27, 08:43

    I Wish zuma good luck with resolving this issue in other diplomatic ways with buhari. NIGERIA knows, putting any bias aside that the most diplomatic President the nation has had thus far is Jonathan. Personally I don’t think our amiable Buhari government would have waited this long before taking this step
    As for Boko, those are more or less faceless individuals who are sworn to take their lives for no beneficial reason to their country. Which explain why a joint task force is fighting them tooth to nail.
    South Africa Xenophobia head has a face and a name, the followers and perpetrators have faces and the government seem to be handling the issue in a more or less non-chalant way because they are indifferent about the xenophobic treatment. This is can be affirmed by the way the security agents are responding when looting and killings are taking place.
    South Africa is in for a showdown! Imagine a government that says they are doing everything to stop the attack making cheap reference to chibok girls and synagogue tragedy because Nigeria recalled her envoy for feedback and next way forward.
    I don’t know much about diplomatic resolution, but from my experience I can tell that south Africa government is like an individual who is doing something wrong, was cautioned slightly and instead of showing remorse and make amends, is indirectly trying to justify its actions.
    Any ways I don’t blame them, its the Nigeria Government of the past 16yrs who has plunged this nation that should be revered I blame.
    Look at south Africa who toil for diamond taunting 9ja.

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  12. Jerosky
    Jerosky April 27, 08:51

    Fellow brothers don‘t be alarmed,southafrica like every other growing state wants to lobby this goverment to maintain or aquire a space for an interest,the us,uk,isreal etc. even the almighty RUSSIA dont want to be left out.it is a pity the sa feels a common stand with nija.revealing:must be the white man trick,manouvers.i see our sister as not so inteligent relating an accident we surfered and regreted dearly to a delibrate assault,mocking nija for the failure of one young scholar.gmb is a man of dignity i assume he has choices and decisions to make for a NIGERIA he calls my own.

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  13. Segey
    Segey April 27, 13:40

    Nigeria, Bunch of hypocrytes!
    Just yesterday, 30 people were killed in Benue and Nasarawa, nobody gave a damn, SA where not a single Nigerian life has been lost, they are all clamouring for justice at.
    Xenophobia is practiced in daylight between kinsmen Fulani herdsmen and farmers, they never cried out against that.
    Hypocrites

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    • getrsa
      getrsa April 27, 15:08

      Two brothers from the same parents may fight each other when they are home. But when they step out and one is attacked by a stranger, you tell me what the other will do. I hope you can answer that question.

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  14. churchill
    churchill April 27, 16:50

    the SA commentary may be unfortunate in the sense that they taunted this admin but the truth is they have a valid point. when over 80 something of their citizens died in Nigeria and the inquest by the coronary of the nigerian govt failed its attempts, SA did not resort to this means. Instead of the GEJ admin to make provisions to remove their citizens from the country like others did our forign minister said our people should lock themselves inside their houses. its amusing how this admin chooses to react to issues

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  15. the crescent
    the crescent April 28, 09:53

    PLEASE NIGERIAN HIGH COMMISSION TO SA WAS NOT RECALL

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  16. ELIMA
    ELIMA April 30, 08:33

    Magnus Onyobe has said it all. I salute you sir.

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