Nigeria will evacuate nationals if South Africa attacks worsen – Minister

Despite the horrific xenophobic attack ongoing in South Africa, the Nigerian Government has said it will move to evacuate its citizens only if the situation gets worse.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, on Thursday said so far Nigerians have not been attacked.

“With the discussions I have been having with Nigeria’s Head of Mission in Pretoria, no Nigeria​n ​has so far been affected,” Mr. Wali said Thursday in Abuja.​

​”They informed me that they have called the Nigerian community and addressed them and told them to close their shops, stay home and keep out of trouble and obey the laws of South Africa.

“They have also confirmed that the South African authority has moved in to take actions that would forestall any further disturbance in South Africa,” Mr. Wali said.

Mr. Wali said it will move to evacuate its citizens if the xenophobic attacks get worse.

“If it gets worse it is the duty of our country to make sure our people are brought back, and we are taking that duty serious.

​”We are not prepared to allow any of our nationals to be subjected to such inhuman treatment.

“We are monitoring the situation and will now take action according to the situation that develops,” he said.

Xenophobia in South Africa dates back to 1994 and are mainly targeted at citizens of other African Countries.
In May 2008 a series of xenophobic attack left 62 people dead.

In the current attack, at least five people have been killed and hundreds forced to flee their homes in one of South Africa’s worst outbreaks of xenophobic violence in years.


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  • GbemigaO

    They do not want to come back anyway

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    I would imagine that the 16 years of inhuman treatment Nigerians at home have been subjected to under your party, PDP as well as its LACKADAISICAL, ‘I do not give a damn’ approach to governance is a detriment to coming back now, until after May 29!

  • favourtalk

    I just thank God that we have a new and liberated President becuse MR Gej can’t handles any nigeria problems inside or outside

  • amazing2012

    …….until when the destruction is worse ? So you wait until they kill Nigerians before you will evacuate them ?

  • Edward Osadebay

    This inept minister should be in South Africa fast to personally hear from Nigerians in that ungrateful country. It should not wait for Nigerians to be killed first. The President should send him straight to the President of South Africa that should anything happen to any Nigerian in that country, South Africa businesses in Nigeria will pay the price of any blood shed. South Africans must understand, Nigerians including this writer contributed towards the freedom they enjoy today, so did so many African countries and their people. It is barbaric to turn around and club other Africans to death including burning them in most brutal and primitive manner while the government in Pretoria is mouthing incoherent nonsense. I can not understand why Nigerians have not poured into the street to protest this inhuman behaviour and forced some commitment from our government. I can not wait to see Buhari in Aso Rock.