Nigeria demands AU action over renewed South Africa xenophobia

Xenophobic Attack in South Africa

The Nigerian government has called on the African Union and the South African government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect Nigerian citizens and other Africans within South African borders.

The Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made the call Monday amid reports of renewed violence against Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.

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

Mr. Anyene said 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 burned by South Africans,” Mr. Anyene said.

“One of the buildings is a mechanic garage with 28 cars under repairs, with other vital documents, were burned during the attack.

“Also, the pastor of the church was wounded and is in the hospital receiving treatment,” he said.

Mr. Anyene said the union had informed Nigerians in South Africa to be vigilant in the face of renewed xenophobic attacks.

According to him, the union received information that there will be xenophobic attacks against foreigners on February 22 and February 23.

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa described the attacks as an “unnecessary setback”.

She advised Nigerians to be extra cautious as it looks like South African government seems to have no control over these attacks.

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

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said the attention of the AU was being called because of reports of planned attacks against foreigners on February 22 and February 23.

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

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa had two weeks ago met with South African High Commissioner in Nigeria, Lulu Aaron-Mnguni, on the killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

Mr. Aaron-Mnguni 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, Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said.


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  • muntu

    Those who are killing them are wrong. They must be kicked out of here to their countries where they can happily commit crimes. We dealing with our own criminals here . We don’t appreciate millions more criminals coming in. Bye

    • Joash Adrian

      Do you even have an international passport or have you ever seen the international section of your airport in SA in your life?

      • The native South African

        I do and have many times! But I am for the removal of your people from South Africa, Reason? You people are criminals.

      • muntu

        I don’t need to have a passport to know that illegal immigrants must be deported and international criminals. That is common sense. While we may not stop immigration as it can contribute to economic growth we shouldn’t be apologetic for eliminating rotten potatoes. Send them all back those who are trouble makers.

  • Progress.B4.Politics

    @Premium Times Pls this is an appeal to whoever is the webmaster/editor in Premium Times. You people are one of the most reliable news sources online, even the few times you have made mistakes you have gone ahead and done a retract. It is also very unsightly that your comments section are littered with insults, uneducated contributions, repeated posts, copy and paste etc. A newspaper is supposed to inform and educate while readers can contribute in the comments section. It is your duty to moderate the language used on your website because you are the publisher of the website. If you do not moderate it, it will look like it is the opinion of Premium Times. Or that Premium Times condones such abusive languages. Considering the many awards you people have won it does not augur well for your image and reputation.
    Think of getting a moderator for your comments section or a comment reporting system so that mods can take action when a comment is reported. I believe it will clean up your comments section and attract intellectual exchange instead of abusive street language. Thank you.

    On topic: The South African authorities really need to educate their people about the consequences of xenophobia. If Nigerians were to pay them back in their own coin, I believe they have more to loose. They should also arrange for compensation of the victims in case they do not have insurance.

    • Otile

      Those comments you are condemning can be more insightful than the story. As you can see most of the commentators are more informed than the lawmakers and the incompetent ruling clique. Don’t discount the entertainment we get from a gang of_fools and illiterates too. Who is not amused by the discordant, illogical, mutilated English that folks like julius, amazing2012, mofu ola and some touts proffer for entertainment here? Definitely this forum would be boring without the mixture of these incongruous characters, a mixture of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

  • thusspokez

    The Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made the call Monday amid reports of renewed violence against Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.

    Mumu Nigerian government. As serious as this matter is, who in the mumu government is calling on the AU and the South African government to this problem? A low ranking so-called Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and blah blah blah.

    Most countries’ foreign secretary (or office to that effect) would have flown to South Africa to meet with the SA govcernment and law enforcement agencies and also, the effected Nigerians. –Such a visit by a very high ranking Nigerian official will help publicised the attacks and even embarrass the SA government into action –, apparently, not the mumu Nigerian government.

    A Senior Special Assistant” is too low a rank to address government of another country, not to mention the AU. Mumu Nigerian government has no clue what diplomatic protocol means.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    The current attacks against Nigerians residence in South Africa, by South Africans, are very worrisome as Africans turned against Africans in any part of Africa, must be a great challenge and great concern for all Africans.If South Africans, continue to attack Nigerians,in that country then Nigeria, too must severe diplomatic tie with South Africa and those South African company like MTN, operating in Nigeria, must be banished from operating in Nigeria.

    • The native South African

      Call your people to stop their criminal activities in South Africa and all will be well.

  • Joash Adrian

    South Africans you loot shops yet you claim you are not criminals and getting rid of crime how sensible are u guys really?Absurd country people

  • Mabea Mash

    Killing and beating them won’t solve the problem, can we have Nigerian gov calling their citizens to order or even better please send them tickets to fly back home as most of them are here illegally, having them back will help you make Nigeria a better country by kidnapping and selling drugs to their own people, cause really South Africans are really tired of their behavior, there are places that we as a South African are scared of going to like Hillbrow, Rossettenville and lots more places,cause even if we call the police on them the buy their way out, Nigerian gov take your people and SA will be at peace…..

    • Joash Adrian

      SA people take your people away from Nigeria doing businesses we don’t need them here, we treat you better yet you Nigerians as peasant in your country, take your MTN and your people eitherway if wasnt for foreigners black South Africans are post apartheid products filled with necessary hatred cos you sense they are better than you.

  • The native South African

    The South African administration, law enforcement, media have continued to ignore to protect the majority law abiding South African public from Nigerian drug, child prostitution, fraud and other illicit activities criminal groups! The law abiding rate paying citizens were left with no recourse but to take the law into their own hands, These reprimanding measures will continue until these criminals are removed from South Africa and deported back to their decayed system.