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Buhari tells South Africa to stop attacks on Nigerians

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday admonished South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to take “visible steps” to halt the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners resident in that country. The President said the persistent attacks and violence were capable of denting the image of South Africa as a leading African country.

President Buhari ordered the immediate voluntary evacuation of Nigerians willing to return from South Africa due to increasing xenophobic attacks.

The President spoke after receiving the report of his Special Envoy to South Africa and Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar. The envoy was in the country for on-the-spot assessment of the attacks and consultations with the South African president and other government officials.
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said the special envoy, who was in Pretoria from September 5 to 7, “conveyed the deep concern of President Buhari and Nigerians about intermittent violence against Nigerians, their property and business interests in South Africa.”

The president, according to the statement, also stressed the need for the South African Government to take visible measures to stop violence against citizens of brotherly African nations.

“President Buhari is worried that the recurring issue of xenophobia could negatively affect the image and standing of South Africa as one of the leading countries on the continent if nothing is done to stop it.

“The Special Envoy conveyed the assurance of President Buhari that the Nigerian Government is ready and willing to collaborate with the South African Government to find a lasting solution to the involvement of few Nigerians in criminal activities, and to protect the lives and property of the larger groups of other law abiding Nigerians and indeed Africans in general, against all forms of attacks, including xenophobia.

“President Buhari further assured that the Nigerian Government will guarantee the safety of lives, property and business interests of South Africans in Nigeria.

“On his part, President Ramaphosa agreed that the violence was most disconcerting and embarrassing, adding that his government completely rejects such acts, which undermine not only the country’s image but also its relations with brotherly African countries.

“President Ramaphosa reaffirmed his stand against criminality and committed to doing everything possible to protect the rights of every Nigerian and other foreign nationals in the country.

“The Special Envoy also interfaced with his South African counterpart, where they reviewed the situation of foreign immigrants in general and Nigerians in particular. They agreed to work together to find a permanent solution to the root causes of the recurring attacks on Nigerians and their property.”

The statement said President Buhari had taken note of the report and instructed Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama to continue to engage with appropriate authorities on the concrete measure the South African Government is expected to take.

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Xenophobia: Buhari accepts South Africa’s apology

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday accepted South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa’s apology to Nigeria over the persistent xenophobic attacks against Nigerians. The President, who described the attacks and violence as “very unfortunate”, assured that the relationship between the two countries “will be solidified”.

President Buhari received President Ramaphosa’s Special Envoys – Dr. K. Mbatta and Jeff Radebe – who delivered their leader’s message at a meeting in Aso Villa, Abuja.

They were accompanied by South Africa High Commissioner to Nigeria Bobby Monroe.
The President recalled that Nigeria made great contributions to the anti-apartheid struggles, which were not known to many South African youths.

At the meeting were the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama, and Nigeria High Commissioner to South Africa, Kabiru Bala.

Many Nigerians and other foreigners lost their lives and properties in the attacks, with many fleeing.

Radebe, who briefed State House correspondents, lamented the attacks and violence, saying that they did not represent the value system of South African people.

He disclosed that President Buhari will visit South Africa on October 3.

He said: “I am the Special Envoy of President Ramaphosa. We met a short while ago with His Excellency President Buhari to convey our President Ramaphosa’s sincerest apologies about the incident that have recently transpired in South Africa.

“Those incidents do not represent what we stand for as a constitutional democracy in South Africa.

“The President has apologized for these incidents, and he has also instructed law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned to ensure that all those involved must be brought to book so that the rule of law must prevail in South Africa.

“He also conveyed his fond memories of ensuring that both Nigeria and South Africa must continue to play a critical role in the rebuilding of Africa to attain the agenda 2063 – the Africa that we want.

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South Africa sends envoy to Nigeria over xenophobia attacks

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South Africa has finally decided to reach out to Nigeria and other countries worst-hit by xenophobic attacks in its territory. President Cyril Ramaphosa has despatched his envoy to Abuja to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to explain his country’s commitment to “Pan African unity and solidarity”.

He would also speak on steps taken to end the attacks on foreigners and to bring perpetrators to account.

The attacks and killings have strained the relationship between the two countries.
President Buhari sent a special envoy to express the Federal Government’s displeasure.

Also at the weekend, Zimbabweans booed President Ramaphosa during the funeral of former President Robert Mugabe.

On Sunday, President Ramaphosa’s spokesman Khusela Diko said three envoys would visit Nigeria and six other countries.

He added that the envoys would deliver the president’s message regarding the attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property.

They will also reassure fellow African countries that South Africa is committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and solidarity.

Besides, the envoys will reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to the rule of law.

Diko listed the other countries for visitation as Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

They will brief the governments about steps being taken by South Africa to halt the attacks and to bring the perpetrators to book.

Nigerian citizens are fleeing South Africa following the wave of deadly xenophobic attacks.

After private airline Air Peace volunteered to fly people back home for free, a flight carrying 189 Nigerians landed in Lagos last Wednesday.

Another batch of 320 Nigerians is due for evacuation tomorrow, the airline’s management confirmed on Sunday.

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FG insists on compensation for victims of xenophobic attacks

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Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, says the Federal Government is pressing for compensation for affected Nigerians in the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Dabiri-Erewa stated this at the maiden Diaspora Lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).

The lecture was entitled: “Role of Africans in Diaspora in the Transformation of a University of Technology.”

Dabiri – Erewa, who was represented by Mr. Abdul-Rahman Balogun, her Special Assistant on Media, noted that the Nigerian government was also putting in place measures to ensure perpetrators were prosecuted and justice given.

According to her, those that have been evacuated to Nigeria would be well taken care of.

Dabiri-Erewa also enjoined all state governments to create a Diaspora Desk, saying Nigeria has the highest diaspora potentials in Africa and the third in the world.

Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has also said that Nigerians who just returned from South Africa due to xenophobic attacks would receive soft loans from the Bank of Industry if they are interested in doing business.

She said this when the returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Wednesday.

Apart from the soft loans for interested returnees, they would receive transport stipends that would take them to their different destinations as well as airtime on their phones that would last for over two months.

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320 Nigerians expected from South Africa

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nThe first batch of Nigerian returnees from South Africa will be airlifted from Johannesburg to Lagos today, according to the Nigerian Consul-General, Godwin Adama. The 320 passengers, who are among over 600 Nigerians to be airlifted by Air Peace Airlines, are expected to arrive the Murtala Muhamed International Airport, Ikeja at 9 am.

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Adama said their evacuation followed the conclusion of their documentation in the aftermath of the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa.

He said: “We are documenting people through the

filling of relevant forms with information such as place of birth, state of origin, local government areas. We also check nationality and discourage wives with different nationalities to avoid bringing in other nationals. We equally discourage those wanting to take advantage of the flight.”
The Consul-General, who added that the second batch will leave South Africa tomorrow, shed light on the evacuation and flight schedules.

He said: “The manifest for the first flight is ready and we are working on the next flight. The two missions are working together to make a success of the evacuation. Nigerians will be conveyed in buses from the two missions to the airport at early hours of the morning to ensure smooth operations.”

The Chairman of Air Peace Airlines, Mr. Allen Onyema, who confirmed the deployment of the B777 aircraft to South Africa, said the returnees will be airlifted free of charge.

Onyema, however, lamented that he had received an e-mail from South Africa that some unauthorized persons were illegally collecting 1,000 dollars from each Nigerian that wanted to take advantage of the flight.

He said: “We have not designated or recruited any agent in South Africa to collect money on behalf of Air Peace. So, nobody should pay money to anyone or group of persons posing as Air Peace agent or staff. Any Nigerian who has paid money for repatriation to Nigeria with Air Peace should request for a refund and report to appropriate authorities.”

Adama assured Nigerians of a hitch-free evacuation, saying that the Nigerian Mission in South Africa had put in place measures to ease the process.

He also said the mission had introduced measures to ensure that other nationals do not take advantage of the free flight by Air Peace to come into Nigeria.

Ahead of the evacuation, the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, appealed to Southeast governors to come to the aid of the returnees who are of Igbo extraction.

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