The National Orientation Agency has appealed to Nigerians to remain peaceful and law abiding citizens despite the unwarranted provocation of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
The Director-General of the agency, Dr. Garba Abari, made the appeal in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by the Head, Press Unit, Paul Odenyi.
Abari said violence was not the national core value of Nigeria.
The NOA boss said the Federal Government was engaging with the South African Government, and they were taking all necessary measures to effectively address the situation.
He appealed to Nigerians to stop reprisal attacks on South African-owned businesses, adding that it was not the best way to resolve issue.
He said: “The alleged attack on South African business interests in Nigeria is not the best way to handle the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians; such issues are better handled both diplomatically and politically.
“The two governments are already engaging each other with a view to arresting the ugly situation.
“Moreover, our core values of patriotism, discipline, integrity, dignity of labour, social justice, religious tolerance and self reliance do not accommodate violence and barbarism, even in the face of needless provocation.
“We must show that we truly evolved these core values as national ethos for which we are always proud.”
Abari urged Nigerians to have faith in government’s ability to defend its citizens and their interests both at home and abroad.
He said Nigerians should remain optimistic that justice would eventually be served on perpetrators of the dastardly acts.