Nigeria: Nigeria wants AU to intervene urgently over xenophobic attack on Nigerians, others in South Africa

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Monday called on the African Union (AU) to intervene urgently in the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.

Nigeria’s Senior Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Ms Abike Dabiri-Erew, also called on the South African government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect Nigerian citizens and other Africans within South African borders.

In a statement issued in Abuja, Ms Dabiri-Erewa described the attacks as an unnecessary setback.

The Nigerian Community in South Africa, led by Mr. Ikechukwu Anyene, confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday.

Anyene said that the union had reported the incident to the Nigerian mission and South African police.

“As we speak, five buildings with Nigerian businesses, including a church, have been looted and burnt by South Africans," Anyene said.

Disturbed by this renewed attacks, Ms Dabiri-Erewa advised Nigerians to be extra cautious as it looks like the South African government has no control over these attacks.

The Presidential Assistant, however, urged restraint on the part of Nigerians and warned that further attacks without any reprimand may have dire consequences.

She said the attention of the AU was being called to intervene because information had it that there will be another xenophobic attacks against foreigners on 22 and 23 February.

“These attacks should not be allowed to continue because it is a big setback,” she said.

Ms Dabiri-Erewa had two weeks ago met with the South African High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr Lulu Aaron-Mnguni, on the killing of Nigerians in South Africa. Mr Aaron-Mnguni then promised that the South African government was investigating the matter.

"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 warned.
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20 february 2017 13:50:41

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