The Federal Government has explained that recalling the country’s High Commissioner in South Africa is for consultation, over the recent escalated xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in that country.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed gave the explanation on private Television station’s programme in Abuja.

He reiterated the position of his Foreign Affairs counterpart, Geoffrey Onyema that the high commissioner’s recall for consultation would be after the President’s Special Envoy has returned from South Africa.

The Minister recalled that as parts of efforts to decisively deal with the attacks, President Buhari dispatched a special envoy to convey to his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, his concern and interact with him.

He said the President would also be addressing the nation on the matter after the return of the special envoy to the country. He explained that the plan to evacuate Nigerians who are willing to return home from South Africa was a private initiative, which was welcomed by the federal government.