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    Number of Nigerians willing to leave South Africa ‘rises from 400 to 640’

Number of Nigerians willing to leave South Africa ‘rises from 400 to 640’

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairperson of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), says 640 Nigerians have indicated interest to return to home from South Africa. Dabiri-Erewa made this known while fielding questions from journalists on Monday. Godwin Adama, Nigeria's consul-general in South Africa, had earlier said 400 Nigerians had indicated interest in returning home. Adama, who disclosed this to NAN on Sunday, had said [...]

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    Buhari orders evacuation of Nigerians from SA

Buhari orders evacuation of Nigerians from SA

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the voluntary evacuation of Nigerians in South Africa. The president gave this directive after receiving the report of the special envoy evaluating the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. He had sent a delegation led by Ahmed Abubakar, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), to convey a message of concern to Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South [...]

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    Ezekwesili demands apology from Ramaphosa over xenophobic attacks

Ezekwesili demands apology from Ramaphosa over xenophobic attacks

Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, and leaders of the Nigerian community in Cape Town, South Africa, have asked Cyril Ramaphosa, president of the country, to apologise to Nigerians and other countries whose citizens were victims in the recent xenophobic attacks. In a communique issued after a meeting held to proffer solutions to the recurring incident, the concerned Nigerians asked the government [...]

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    ‘We’re an angry nation’ — SA defence minister opens up on xenophobia

‘We’re an angry nation’ — SA defence minister opens up on xenophobia

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, South Africa’s minister of defence, says the xenophobic attacks in the country are “well orchestrated by criminal elements”. The minister said South Africa is “an angry nation” and denied there are targeted attacks against foreigners. South Africans have been carrying out targeted attacks against foreigners, including Nigerians. On Sunday, they returned to the streets in protest, asking foreigners — who they [...]

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    Xenophobia: Over 400 Nigerians ready to leave S’Africa, says consul-general

Xenophobia: Over 400 Nigerians ready to leave S’Africa, says consul-general

The Nigerian mission in South Africa says at least 400 Nigerians have indicated interest to be evacuated from South Africa following xenophobic attacks. Foreign nationals in the country have been subjected to fresh attacks. This has led to a diplomatic row between Nigeria and South Africa. Speaking on Sunday, Godwin Adama, Nigeria's consul-general in Johannesburg, said the first batch of Nigerians who [...]

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    SERAP asks South Africa to pay $10bn compensation to victims of xenophobia

SERAP asks South Africa to pay $10bn compensation to victims of xenophobia

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to sue to South Africa and seek $10 billion for victims of xenophobic attacks in the country. Last week, shops and properties belonging to Nigerians and other Africans were looted and destroyed. In an open letter dated September 6 and addressed to Soyata Maiga, chairperson of [...]

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    Armed South African protesters hit the streets, ask foreigners to leave

Armed South African protesters hit the streets, ask foreigners to leave

A fresh round of violence is currently building up in the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, as armed protesters are out again, demanding that foreigners should return to where they came from. According to Sowetan Live, a South African newspaper, the protesters, who carried weapons such as knobkerries, are waiting to be addressed by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a notable politician and Zulu [...]

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    This is xenophobia NOT just criminality, South African bishop tackles govt

This is xenophobia NOT just criminality, South African bishop tackles govt

Buti Tlhagale, archbishop of the Southern African Catholic bishops' conference office for migrants and refugees, says the recent attack on foreign nationals in the country is an act of xenophobia, not criminality. Bobby Moroe, South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria, had said the attacks in his country have nothing to do with xenophobia, but just "sporadic acts of violence". But in a [...]

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    The ABC of xenophobia

The ABC of xenophobia

Chief Obafemi Awolowo, God rest his soul, once said: “There can never be peace in a kennel where there are three bones to four dogs.” Simple but profound analogy. At the heart of many communal tensions and conflicts — such as the latest attacks against Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa — is the issue of “scarce opportunities”. One [...]

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    FLASHBACK: South African ambassador spent two years in US prison for smuggling drugs

FLASHBACK: South African ambassador spent two years in US prison for smuggling drugs

Between 1999 and 2001, Hazel Francis Ngubeni who served as South African’s high commissioner to Singapore, served a jail sentence in the US. According to Sunday Times, a South African newspaper, Ngubeni waas convicted for smuggling a bag of cocaine while working as a cabin attendant for South African Airways. The newspaper reported Ngubeni, 55, who at the time went by the name [...]

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    Nigeria sees no muscle to flex

Nigeria sees no muscle to flex

Emotions have been rising hot since the news of the latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa broke. Social media has been agog with posts about the ugly development and the responses from angry Nigerians some of whom were out on the streets to target South African investments in Nigeria. One of the most emotional posts made by any Nigerian on [...]

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    Xenophobia: Adeboye asks Nigerians to show love to South Africans

Xenophobia: Adeboye asks Nigerians to show love to South Africans

Enoch Adeboye, general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has appealed to Nigerians not to retaliate against South Africans living in the country. Speaking on Friday at the monthly Holy Ghost service of the church at the Redemption camp in Ogun state, he urged the people to protect the South Africans living around them and let the government [...]

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    Malami: With farmlands all over our country, there’s no greener pasture elsewhere

Malami: With farmlands all over our country, there’s no greener pasture elsewhere

Abubakar Malami, minister of justice, has asked those desperate to travel out of the country in order to brighten their chances of survival to think twice. Speaking when he received the Coalition of Integrity Political Parties at his office in Abuja, Malami described the habit of going abroad through the Mediterranean and deserts as unfortunate. The minister said the situation in South Africa [...]

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    ‘You are fuelling xenophobia’ — Onyeama hits back at SA minister

‘You are fuelling xenophobia’ — Onyeama hits back at SA minister

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, has accused Naledi Pandor, his South African counterpart, of fueling xenophobia. Onyeama made the accusation on Friday while reacting to Pandor’s statement that many Nigerians living in South Africa are involved in drug trafficking. TheCable had reported how the South African minister made the claim while reacting to concerns that the country’s security agencies are not [...]

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    Air Peace: Most Nigerians willing to return from SA have expired passports

Air Peace: Most Nigerians willing to return from SA have expired passports

Air Peace has postponed its plan to evacuate Nigerians willing to return from South Africa over the xenophobic attacks in the country. On Wednesday, Ferdinand Nwonye, spokesman of the ministry of foreign affairs, had announced the plan of the airline to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria “free of charge.” But in a statement on Friday, Allen Onyema, chairman of [...]

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    We won’t sever diplomatic ties with South Africa, says FG

We won’t sever diplomatic ties with South Africa, says FG

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says the country will not sever diplomatic ties with South Africa as a result of the attacks on Nigerians. He said this when he appeared before the senate committee on disapora on Friday. The minister said taking such action would not be in the interest of Nigerians based in South Africa. He said Nigeria would consider other [...]

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