RETURN TO SOUTH AFRICA, OBASANJO ADVISES RETURNEES

Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised Nigerians who were evacuated from South Africa to be ready to go back to the country if a bilateral commission meeting scheduled between President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President , Cyril Ramaphosa yielded a positive outcome . The former President also enjoined the leadership of South Africa and Nigeria to be ready to compromise and make the right statements that would encourage evacuated Nigerians to go back to South Africa. Obasanjo said this on Saturday , at his residence within…

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XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS: NIGERIANS NOW BOYCOTT TRIPS TO SOUTH AFRICA

  Sunday Aborisade, Adelani Adepegba Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi, Leke Baiyewu and Tobi Aworinde There are strong indications that many Nigerians have been shunning trips to South Africa  in the last two weeks. The PUNCH gathered on Thursday that since the latest xenophobic attacks on Nigerians by South Africans, many travellers had been boycotting  trips to the former apartheid enclave. Also on Thursday, the House of Representatives described the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama’s denial of its invitation as an insult. The House stated this just as the Federal Government disclosed that…

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320 NIGERIANS RETURN FROM SOUTH AFRICA ON TUESDAY

Barring any hitch, another set of 320 Nigerians trapped in xenophobic attacks will arrive the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Tuesday September 17, 2019, The Nation has learnt. Towards a successful air lift, a Boeing 777 – 300 belonging to Air Peace and its crew will depart Lagos in the early hours for Oliver Tambo International Airport. This will be the second batch Nigerians to be evacuated after 187 Nigerians arrived Lagos last week. Confirming this on phone, Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, said the airline was working with…

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AIRLIFTING OF NIGERIANS BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY AS SOUTH AFRICANS INSIST FOREIGNERS MUST LEAVE

  Olalekan Adetayo, Adelani Adepegba, Femi Makinde, Ade Adesomoju, Oladimeji Ramonand Tobi Aworinde There were fresh protests in eastern Johannesburg  on Sunday, with the protesters  demanding that  “foreigners must go back to where they came from.” During the fresh attacks, one person died, while five others were injured. The nationality of the dead has not been known as of the time of filing this report. A South African newspaper, Sowetan Live, reported that marchers, who carried weapons such as knobkerries, headed  for Jules Park where former Inkatha Freedom Party  leader,…

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XENOPHOBIA: BUHARI’S SPECIAL ENVOY TO SOUTH AFRICA RETURNS, SET TO BRIEF THE PRESIDENT

  The special envoy President Muhmmadu Buhari sent to South Africa following the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in that country has returned to Nigeria, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. The special envoy who is also the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, returned to the country after he met with the South African President, Cyril Ramophosa, in Pretoria. A competent Presidency source confirmed to our correspondent on condition of anonymity on Saturday that the special envoy had returned to the country. The source said the next step is for Abubakar…

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WHAT BUHARI’S SPECIAL ENVOY TOLD CYRIL RAMAPHOSA

The South African Government, has disclosed what the Special Envoy of President Muhammadu Buhari, discussed with President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in the wake of repeated xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. Recall that the Special Envoy of President Buhari and Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, had departed Abuja for South Africa on Thursday after several xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in the country. The South African Government, in a statement by Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to Ramaphosa, the South African Government said both…

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MOST NIGERIANS IN OUR COUNTRY ARE DRUG TRAFFICKERS- SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER

Naledi Pandor, South African minister of foreign affairs, says there are many Nigerians in the country involved in drug and human trafficking. Pandor said this on Thursday while responding to criticisms that South Africa’s security agencies are not doing enough to protect foreigners in the wave of xenophobia rocking the country. Many Nigerians based in South Africa lost properties worth millions of dollars in the fresh attacks. But in an interview with eNCA, a South African outfit, Pandor said South Africans believe many Nigerians are “harming our young people.” Asked…

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WHY I AM IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR WEF BY OBY EZEKWESILI

Oby Ezekwesili, the convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, has responded to criticisms from Nigerians on why she attended the World Economic Forum at the time the country has boycotted activities in South Africa in the wake of a wave of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians. Ezekwesili, who spoke on a panel at WEF held in South Africa said she was in South Africa to ensure that the country’s government does not look away again when Nigerians are being attacked in South Africa. Reacting via her Twitter handle, Ezekwesili…

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XENOPHOBIA: NO NIGERIAN KILLED IN SOUTH AFRICA- SAYS BUHARI GOVT

The President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government on Wednesday said that no Nigerian was killed in the latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa, Igbere TV reports. Igbere TV had reported that properties worth millions of naira, belonging to Nigerians in South Africa, were set ablaze with many others looted by South Africans. President of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, Comrade Adetola Olubajo, said the attacks began on Sunday morning in Jeppestown area of Johannesburg. Mr Olubajo said in a statement that the mob “looted several shops owned by foreign…

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XENOPHOBIA: AIR PEACE OFFERS TO AIRLIFT STRANDED NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA

As Nigeria seeks diplomatic resolution on the attack of its nationals in South Africa, indigenous carrier – Air Peace on Wednesday offered to repatriate those stranded. The offer, the airline, said was a sign of its solidarity with President Muhammadu Buhari administration. The Chairman of the airline, Allen Onyema, made the announcement while sympathizing with the victims who lost their lives and properties in the attacks. According to him, the airline decided to bring back Nigerians in support of the action already taken by the federal government. In reaction to…

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