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FOLLOWING attacks on Nigerian in South Africa in the past few days, the Nigerian Government has pulled out of the World Economic Forum slated to hold in Cape Town and recalled its High Commissioner to the country. 

Nigeria’s withdrawal from the forum holding from today until Friday came after a meeting between  President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Geoffery Onyeama, Foreign Affairs Minister,  on the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.

In a sign of deploring diplomatic relations between Nigeria and South Africa, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also reported that Ambassador Kabir Bala, High Commissioner to South Africa has been recalled and asked to head home.

Earlier, Felix Tshisekedi, President the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and their Malawian counterpart, Peter Mutharika, have all already pulled out of the event arising from the acts of violence against foreigners in South Africa.

The Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, on his Tweeter handle, has confirmed Nigeria’s withdrawal from the World Economic Forum meeting in Cape Town.

Nigeria has also demanded full compensation for the loss of lives and property of Nigerians affected by recent xenophobic attacks

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