Bankole Wellington, Nigerian singer better known as Banky W, has called for the use of “diplomatic pressure” as the proper response to the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.


The singer said this in the wake of the resolve by the federal government to pull out of the ongoing World Economic Forum (WEF) in South Africa.

TheCable had reported how Nigeria withdrew from WEF and also recalled Kabiru Bala, its high commissioner to South Africa, over fresh xenophobic attacks.

The decision was taken at a meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari, Yemi Osinbajo, vice-president, and Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, at the presidential villa in Abuja, on Tuesday.


Osinbajo was to represent Nigeria at the three-day forum ending on Friday.

The singer cum politician, however, took to Twitter on Wednesday to give his support to the government’s decision.

He also cautioned that violence and looting of businesses will not solve the problems but the use of “diplomatic pressure”.


“Now we are talking. Angry Nigerian youth lynching random innocent people and looting businesses (most of which are owned by Nigerians AND employ Nigerians) will not solve the problems. Diplomatic pressure will. We need to channel all our anger in the right way,” he wrote.


Banky W is one of the several Nigerian celebrities who have taken a stand against the recent xenophobic attacks.

Tiwa Savage, Nigerian songstress, recently cancelled her scheduled performance at the DSTV delicious festival in South Africa.

Basketmouth, ace comedian, also pulled out of the Comics Choice Awards, a South African event he was initially billed to attend.


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