Xenophobia: More Nigerians prefer to leave South Africa •FG rules out financial assistance for returnees

Posted by News Express | 10 September 2019 | 1,684 times

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•Nigeria’s Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama

Nigeria’s Consul-General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, says more than 600 people have indicated an interest in returning to Nigeria in the wake of the recent xenophobic violence in the South African city. This is 50 per cent more than the about 400 that previously indicated interest inleaving.

At least 12 people – two of them foreigners – have been killed and many others have been injured in the violence. No Nigerian nationals are known to have died.

Mr Adama and his team are still compiling lists of Nigerians who are wanting to return and those whose businesses have been looted, he says, so exact numbers are not yet known.

Two planes belonging to Nigerian carrier Air Peace air to take the first group of returnees to Nigeria on Wednesday, Mr Adama says.

“Nigerians in South African prisons are not part of this arrangement, only a few from the deportation camp,” he adds.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government will not offer financial help to those who choose to return home.

Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri, told reporters on Monday that the country’s mission in South Africa would continue to offer emergency travel certificates to any Nigerians whose documents have expired.

Ms Dabiri also called for the South African government to pay compensation to any Nigerians affected by the unrest.

Nigeria had earlier sent a special envoy to South Africa to meet with the country’s president.

The envoy, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, expressed “deep concern” about the recent unrest.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa “agreed that the violence was most disconcerting and embarrassing,” according to a statement from the Nigerian government.

Source: News Express

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