Nigeria shields citizens from xenophobic onslaught in SA
from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA – THE Nigerian government said it is monitoring the situation in South Africa following attacks against foreign nationals in the country.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Musiliu Obanikoro, said information available from Nigeria Mission in South Africa established no Nigerian casualty has been ascertained.
The minister added that efforts are being made to protect Nigerian citizens in South Africa.
“The Government of Nigeria is in control of the situation in South Africa as it affects Nigerian citizens. We are following the developments in South Africa and efforts are being made to protect Nigerian citizens in South Africa.
“From the information emanating from our Mission in South Africa, no Nigerian casualty has been ascertained,” Obanikoro said.
Obanikoro said the country envoy in South Africa was currently in the city of Durban to ensure safety of Nigerians in the hot spots.
He also disclosed that Nigeria government had directed the envoy to address all issues arising from the crisis.
“Our Acting High Commissioner to South Africa is in Durban right now to ensure the safety of Nigerian citizens in the affected areas. Our Acting High Commissioner to South Africa has the directive of our Government to address all issues arising from the crisis.”
An estimated 20 000 Nigerians are living in South Africa, a country hit by xenophobic sentiments over the years. The heightened earlier this month after a local king ordered foreign nationals to leave the country.
Some prominent officials have also called for the deportation of foreigners.
– CAJ News
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