Nigeria has decided to make repatriation arrangements of around 600 residents from South Africa due to xenophobic violence that has created strains among the two countries. Consul General of Nigeria has further reported that some of the citizens will leave the country on two flights within two days.
Last week assault on foreign-owned businesses by violent mob left ten people dead including two foreign nationals. Two more killed in latest mob violence on Sunday. The lorry drivers strike over the employment of foreigners triggered the mob attack. South Africa has become an attraction point for migrants for being among the most developed economies of the continent.
However, the increasing unemployment rate has lead to a common perception among locals that foreigners are occupying their jobs. According to Consul General of Nigeria, Godwin Adama, only those people are going to leave the country who are distress or feel themselves insecure. The head of Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri stated that the administration will not help those leaving SA.
Earlier, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari also directed an envoy to SA. The aim of the envoy was to convey Nigeria’s anger over the ill-treatment of its people, living in South Africa. It stressed on South Africa to control violence against their brotherly nations.
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