Nigeriatunes reported that South African people attacked Nigerians, killed them with stones, machetes and burned some of them alive. The move forced Nigerians to retaliate in a reprisal attack. As a result, South Africa Shuts its Embassy.
Many South African businesses were looted and vandalized in Nigeria as a payback for Nigerians that died. Although this act is terrible and it should be discouraged. It’s not much when compared to what Nigerians suffered in the hands of South Africans.
Consequentially, the South African government shut down their embassy in Nigeria.
Naledi Pandor, South African Foreign Affairs Minister said, the embassy was closed temporarily due to threats and that his staffs do not feel safe .
“There is Afrophobia we are sensing that exists, there is resentment and we need to address that,” Pandor told Reuters news agency.
The Nigerian foreign ministry said Air Peace, a commercial airline, offered to send an aircraft on Friday to evacuate nationals willing to return “free of charge”.
Nigeria Government provides free flight to Nigerians in South Africa if they want to come back home.
According to the Ferdinand Nwonye Nigerian foreign ministry spokesman, “The general public is hereby advised to inform their relatives in South Africa to take advantage of this laudable gesture,”.
“Interested Nigerians are therefore advised to liaise with the High Commission of Nigeria in Pretoria and the Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg for further necessary arrangement.” He added.
“The South African government has to assume its responsibilities and protect Nigerians in South Africa and we have to hold them to account, and they have to do that as well as pay full compensation,” A Nigerian government official said.
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