Abuja: The Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Thursday criticised what it described as the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in the country. Mr Okey Emuchay, the Consulate-General of Nigeria in Johannesburg, said in Springbok, in the Northern Province of South Africa, that labelling all Nigerians in the country as drug dealers was "unacceptable''. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 23 Nigerians were forced out of their homes and chased out of Port Nolloth community on Sunday (May 26) by some South Africans members of the community, accusing them of dealing in drugs.
Johannesburg: The lack of economic diversification throughout sub-Saharan Africa means that despite South Africa’s pledges to help Nigeria make the automotive sector the West African nation’s flagship industrial target, it may be difficult to do so, experts say. Earlier this month, South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced the initiative during a visit here by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. It is a move that is seen as an important milestone in inter-African industrial cooperation. However, Peter Draper, a research fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs, questioned whether this collaboration would develop into economic integration.
Abuja: Nigeria and South African are working towards a prisoner exchange agreement, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, said on Friday in Abuja. Mr. Ashiru said a discussion on the swap was one of the positive outcomes of the recent visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to the country. During the visit, Mr. Jonathan had lamented the huge number of Nigerians in South African prisons, which was put at some 400 inmates.
Abuja: I read the article titled ‘Decline of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy’, published in The Guardian of May 6, 2013 by Dr. Adekeye Adebajo, Executive Director for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa. He obviously did not do the basic research to capture activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the last two years, before writing his article. It is curious that a ‘scholar’ could write an article on Foreign Policy and deliberately dish out false information to the wider public, for self aggrandisement. It is, therefore, appropriate to write this article to put the record straight and not allow the dissemination of falsehood, based on intellectual laziness or plain mischief, to triumph over truth.
Abuja: AmeduOgbole Ode, Acting Director/Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in this concluding part of the discourse, argues that Nigeria has made considerable strides in its foreign relations which are worthty of commendation: Such high level meetings have attracted considerable investment portfolios to the country. Dr. Adebajo, in his article, failed to highlight the gains of our economic diplomacy which the Jonathan Administration has given renewed vigour in the last two years.
Johannesburg: SA-Nigeria trade volumes have swelled notably over the course of the past decade. Whereas in 2001, total bilateral trade amounted to just USD3.2bn, last year total trade breached USD36.6bn, implying an almost twelvefold leap in the space of a decade. However, in 2012, 83% of total SA-Nigerian trade was accounted for by South African imports of Nigerian crude oil. Quite clearly, this component of SA-Nigeria trade has been responsible for much of the recent leap in ties. Indicatively, where SA exports to Nigeria have grown by a relatively modest 130% since 2002, SA imports from Nigeria have swelled by almost 750% in the same time period.
This SAFPI compilation posts extracts from a number of analyses, from the Nigerian and South African media, which assess the outcomes of last week's State Visit by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to South Africa. The compilation will be updated as more articles appear. The authors are Z Pallo Jordan, Sabelo Ndlangisa, Geoff Iyatse and Adekeye Adebajo.
Lagos: Is it really fair what is going on between China and Africa of which Nigeria is key? While proponents of China’s dominance of Africa trade and investment believe the continent has seen a lot of benefits infrastructure-wise, other critics argue that the relationship has been purely a mercantile transaction between business elites and politicians.
Cape Town: Twenty-two years ago, Africa’s living legend, President Nelson Mandela, was released from prison. Since then, your country has travelled, more steadily on a path of progress and grown in stature. We do not only have a new South Africa under black majority rule, its institutions and processes have become inclusive. A new generation has emerged that is fired by a sense of unalloyed patriotism and common destiny. Here we are, today, with the Head of State of another African country addressing the Joint Sitting of the Parliament of a free, independent and democratic South Africa that has assumed its rightful place in the comity of nations.
Cape Town: As Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan pays a state visit to South Africa this week, it is worth assessing that country's foreign policy. Nigeria likes to see itself as the "giant of Africa": it has impeccable "struggle credentials", having played a leading role in the liberation of Southern Africa; its peacekeepers helped calm two civil conflicts in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s; it was instrumental in building the institutions of the African Union (AU); and it has peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali. Yet Nigeria has become a giant with clay feet, a regional Gulliver tied down by the petty ambitions and often inhumane greed of Lilliputian politicians, who have prevented a country of enormous potential from fulfilling its leadership aspirations in Africa.