Joint statement by the Primate of Nigeria, His Grace the Most Rev Nicholas D. Okoh, and the Metropolitan of Southern Africa, His Grace the Most Rev Thabo C. Makgoba
As the Archbishops of Nigeria and Southern Africa, we condemn the breakdown of law and order consequent upon the xenophobic attacks carried out on Africans from other parts of the continent, including Nigerians, who live and work in South Africa. No matter what grievances people have, mob violence is no way to respond, and we condemn the violence outright. We express our sympathy to those who have been injured in the attacks and our regrets at the loss of property and businesses.
Within and between our respective churches, we commit to opening dialogue with all involved with a view finding lasting solutions to the tensions. As two leading nations on the continent, Nigerians and South Africans should be working together to the mutual benefit of friendship and productive economic relations between our peoples. We pray for peace among our peoples, and for God’s blessings on Nigeria, South Africa and all Africans affected by these deplorable attacks.
We prayerfully task our two Presidents (Nigeria and South Africa) to seek a diplomatic solution to the issues causing tension and bitterness.
++Nicholas Nigeria ++Thabo Cape Town 11 Sept 2019