Nigerian Government Condemns Xenophobic Attacks On Citizens In South Africa

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Abike Dabiri-Erewa

By Andah John

The Nigerian government has urged its South African counterpart to take decisive steps to protect its citizens and other Africans living in the rainbow nation.

The Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria’s President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made the call on Monday in the wake of renewed xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

She also extended her call to the African Union, urging it to urgently step in.

Dabiri-Erewa, in a statement, described the attacks as totally unnecessary and called on Nigerians to be wary, as she said the South African Government seems overwhelmed by the attacks.

She asked Nigerians to desist from staging reprisal attacks and warned that further attacks without any arrest may result in dire consequences.

“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,” Dabiri-Erewa said.

It was gathered in the statement that the Nigerian community in South Africa, led by Ikechukwu Anyene, has confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-

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