The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has given his approval for Nigerians who are interested to return back to the country, to be evacuated with immediate effect.
According to reports from The Cable, President Buhari has ordered Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to engage the South African authorities on “appropriate measures” that they will take so as to end the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.
The directive was given by the president after receiving the reports given by the special envoy sent by the presidency to the South African, President Cyril Ramaphosa last week. The envoy was sent to register the concern of Nigeria concerns over the xenophobic attacks.
In a statement on Monday, The Presidency, stated that the special envoy, led by, Ahmed Rufai-Abubakar, the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, reportedly returned to Nigeria days after the assignment and submitted it’s report to the president.
Adamu said about a 100,000 Nigerians are estimated to live in South Africa.
According to reports from News24, it was revealed that foreign workers in South Africa – the second largest economy in Africa, after Nigeria – are most often the victims of anti-immigrant sentiment in the nation where one in three people are always unemployed.
The violence resulting from the xenophobic attacks, caused a reprisal attack against firms owned by South African in Nigeria as well as the temporary closing of South Africa’s diplomatic missions situated in Lagos and Abuja.
last week, the Nigerian government summoned the South African ambassador while Condemning the violence and sending an envoy to the South African president.