Presidency to South Africa: end attacks on Nigerians
The Presidency yesterday condemned the killing of Nigerians in xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
“We have lost about 116 Nigerians in the last two years and in 2016 alone, about 20 were killed.This is unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria,” the Presidency said in a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The Nigerian community has continued to live in fear. Some of its members were yesterday receiving calls threatening more attacks against their homes and businesses.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some South Africans launched xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreign nationals in Pretoria West at the weekend.
No fewer than five homes and businesses belonging to Nigerians were burnt by a mob.
Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, President, Nigeria Union, South Africa, told NAN on telephone from Pretoria, that some Nigerians received calls asking for payment to protect their homes and businesses.
“ Some Nigerians and other foreign nationals in Pretoria West now live in fear. Some have started packing their belongings for fear of more attacks.
“ They confirmed to the union that some South Africans were calling and threatening to unleash more mayhem against them.
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