Nigerian high commissioner is recalled and a special envoy will be send to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to address recent xenophobic attacks during urban violence outbreaks, said Information Minister Lai Mohammed at a press briefing in Abuja.
South Africa has already temporarily closed its diplomatic missions to Nigeria in Lagos and Abuja fearing reprisal attacks against its citizens, according to CNN.
The closures follow outbreaks of violence earlier this week in South Africa. At least five people were killed and 189 arrested during xenophobic attacks and looting in Johannesburg, Pretoria and elsewhere. Foreign nationals from countries including Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia were targeted.
In spite of the violence outbreak South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reaffirmed the bilateral relations as “firm and strong” and added that the two partners were resolute in their shared commitment to build an Africa at peace with itself and others.
The statement came amid the deteriorating diplomatic relations between the two African countries, after Nigeria introduced plans to evacuate its nationals in South Africa following a wave of xenophobic attacks.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to visit South Africa in next month to “reinforce strong bonds”, following the attacks against West Africans.
South African police have arrested dozens of people in Johannesburg on September 2 after rioters looted shops, burned tyres and blocked road junctions – the second outbreak of urban rioting in a week. (Image: Johannesburg).
Police had no answer what exactly had triggered the violence, however it is generally considered that the social context has deteriorated: unemployment at close to 30%, widespread poverty and income disparities have all been blamed for recent outbreaks and attacks on immigrants.
Last week, hundreds of protesters in the administrative capital Pretoria set fire to buildings, looted mostly foreign-owned businesses and clashed with police, who started to fire rubber bullets at the crowds in attempt to stop further devastation.
Taxi drivers issued an alert to commuters asking them to avoid Pretoria downtown.
However, Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said Nigerian shops had been targeted by “mindless criminals” and promised to take “definitive measures“.
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the European Union and the United Nations join their voices to call on the international community to accelerate its efforts to eliminate the scourge of all forms of sexual violence, including as a strategy and tactic of war and terror.
“On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict we salute @DenisMukwege, Sakharov and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and all those who fight against the horrors of sexual violence“, the European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, the wrote in his Twitter micro blog.
More must be done to stop barbarity against women as a weapon of war.
Zimbabwe suffered an internet paralysis on January 18 as a result of the authorities extended communications ban to exchange emails after days of deadly protests over fuel price increases.
According to the governmental sources three people died during demonstrations that broke out on January 14 as a reaction on President Emmerson Mnangagwa decision to augment fuel prices by 150%.
NGOs and activists say the death toll was much higher and that security forces used arms and carried out mass arrests to quell the unrest. According to the NGOs there were 12 deaths, 78 gunshot injuries, 46 cases of vandalism & looting, 242 cases of assault, torture, & dog bites, 466 arbitrary arrests & detentions.
Flows of injured people streamed into a hospital in the capital after the clashes with security.
“The principal and one teacher are still with the kidnappers. Let us keep praying,” said Samuel Fonki, a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon who negotiated to free 78 children, adding that one child had escaped independently.
The freed children were unharmed although their clothes were dirty and they appeared exhausted,
Cameroon Army spokesperson Didier Badjeck said the kidnappers released the children after the military found out their location. Two other children were still missing, along with the principal and teacher, he confirmed.
The number of Cameroonian refugees fleeing violence and seeking refuge in Nigeria crossed the 30,000 mark this week, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) report. Refugees fleeing the South-West and North-West Regions of Cameroon have been arriving since September 2017. Almost 600 arrived in refugee settlements in the last two weeks.
Cameroon’s Constitutional Council rejected the last of 18 petitions demanding for a re-run of an October 7 election that the opposition said was marred by fraud, leading to the expected result to extend President Paul Biya (85) uninterrupted rule to four decades.
President Biya is currently the longest ruling elected leader of Africa, and the oldest ruler in Sub-Saharan Africa, ascending power 36 years ago.
Under Biya rule Cameroon became an absolute ‘champion’ of Human rights violations:
Already this year hundreds of civilians have been killed in a violent conflict between the Cameroonian military and in separatists. Ongoing clashes between insurgents fighting for a breakaway republic in Cameroon’s English-speaking region and troops took away lives of many, but also caused a displacement tens of thousands more since the conflict intensified late last year. In return for military violence insurgents have abducted and killed soldiers and policemen in guerrilla raids.
The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Dr.Mukwege, a gynecologist and surgeon, has long worked to treat thousands of women and girls affected by rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“I have had the privilege to meet both Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad when they were awarded with the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize. Their stories have inspired our action in the last years” said EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini in a statement.
“Denis Mukwege has devoted his entire life to help women who have suffered during years on conflict. He has helped them start again and move past the violence they have suffered, to take control of their lives, to fight for their freedom and for the future of their country”.
Nobel Committee, as she announced the award at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo on September, 5.
“Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims”.