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Political Implications of Xenophobia on Nigeria-South Africa Relations

Garba Mohammed (University of Maiduguri)

Keywords: Xenophobic Attack, Diplomatic, Liberation Struggle, Xenophobia, Foreigners

Abstract

The paper examines implications of xenophobic attacks on economic and social relations with reference to Nigeria-South Africa relations. The objective of this paper is to identify the implications of xenophobic attacks on Nigeria-South Africa diplomatic and economic relations. The paper reviewed secondary data which include books, journals, newspapers and internet sources. Major findings reveal that the Nigerian government has responded in several ways to express displeasure over xenophobic attacks on its citizens in South Africa, which include summoning of the South African Ambassador; ordinary Nigerian citizens have also resorted to use social media to call on Nigerian government to boycott South African companies. The paper concludes that xenophobic attacks have affected the economic and diplomatic relations of South Africa with Nigeria and other African countries. Consequently, South Africa fears retaliatory threats from citizens of other African countries, including Nigeria. The paper recommends that the Nigerian government should fight systemic corruption which is largely the cause of poverty and the high unemployment rate in the country and that have made Nigerians move to South Africa to be killed in a manner that is shameful.

Author Biography

Garba Mohammed (Ph.D)

Department of Political Science

University of Maiduguri, Nigeria

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