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House Member Calls For Evacuation Of Nigerians In South AfricaAs Xenophobic Attacks Turn Naijaphobic

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April 16, 2015 – House Member Calls For Immediate Evacuation Of Nigerians In South Africa As Xenophobic Attacks Turn Naijaphobic

According to a report coming from Nigerians in South Africa, the recent Xenophobic attacks carried out by Zulu Boys in South Africa was targeted at Nigerians who are big business owners in South Africa.

Rep. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje, Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, has called for the evacuation of Nigerians within 24 hours from South Africa owing to the ongoing attacks on non-indigenes.

Ukeje (PDP-Abia) made the appeal in a phone interview with NAN on Thursday in Ibadan.

She said that the call was necessary because of increasing attacks on Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike in South Africa.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria should rise up to the occasion by having contingency plans to evacuate Nigerians within 24 hours to avoid us losing our citizens to these attacks.

“It is expedient to think of where all Nigerians can gather within 24 hours for safety either in our embassy or mission for the safety of our citizens,” she said.

The lawmaker suggested that a concrete arrangement with some airlines should be made to evacuate Nigerians back home.

She also urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to equally mobilise to take care of the returnees.

Ukeje noted with concern that that the xenophobia was degenerating to Afrophobia as many black Africans, including Nigerians, were being attacked from Johannesburg to Durban.

She advised the Nigerian government against delay till some of her citizens are killed in the latest attacks before implementing its citizen diplomacy policy.

“Unfortunately, there is no serious condemnation from South Africa government on this attacks, hence the need for Nigerian government to be proactive and rescue her citizens as soon as possible,” she said.

She expressed surprise that South Africa that housed African Parliament and other institutions of Africa in the continent could descend so low to the extent of her nationals attacking other Africans living in that country.

Ukeje said her committee was in close contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to see what could be done to protect Nigerians in South Africa, while the House is to engage relevant stakeholders on the matter.

Rep. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, also told NAN on phone that a motion on the issue would be tabled during the plenary session of the House.

Dabiri-Erewa (APC-Lagos) condemned the attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa, saying it was disgusting for South Africans to be treating Nigerians like that despite the Nigeria’s role during the apartheid struggle.

NAN reports that Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, Minister of State II, for Foreign Affairs, has said that no Nigerian was killed in the attack against foreigners in South Africa.

“We are following the developments in South Africa and efforts are being made to protect Nigerian citizens in South Africa,” Obanikoro assured.




  1. Odunaike Benson

    April 16, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    This has been happening for soo long, my brother died in 2005 to this xenophobia thing, I hate south africans

    • peter uzo

      April 16, 2015 at 11:16 PM

      its TB JOSHUA that course all this he killed their people and refuse to face court for judgement. & when it happened what did fellow nigerians did/do or say about it?

  2. Don Omoniyi

    April 16, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    permit me to say Zulu boys are radicals, they don’t rep an average South Africans, they are confused kids with no clear plan for the future, stop blaming reasonable South Africans

  3. lamidido

    April 16, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Not only evacuations of Nigerians from South Africans,Nigerians Govt should boycott all business dealings company here in Nigerian like MTN, DSTV etc.

  4. Air

    April 16, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Something(s) is/are wrong somewhere in this continent called Africa.

    • The truth

      April 16, 2015 at 9:25 PM

      Maybe the blood of slaves from ages ago crying out against africa

  5. mercy sunday

    April 16, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    South africa why ith so much hate,i give it bact to You guys double.hate u guys fuck u all.

  6. The truth

    April 16, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Maybe is the blood of slaves from ages ago crying out against it.

  7. Cashier Ebruphiyor

    April 16, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Ha !

  8. Kandis

    April 17, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Not all South africans are bad people, just like not all Nigerians are bad people. To put everyone under the same blanket is immatured and insensitive!! If you cursing South Africans you just not different from the group of South Africans that are perpetuating these Xenophobic attacks! the difference is that you doing yours over the internet, they are doing it on the streets.

  9. NKN

    May 6, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    just begining of d ‘final earth disaster’ high rate of unemployment will introduce hunger, uncontrollable famine will usher in violence leading to extermination and genocide

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