- Xenophobia: We’re Sorry, South Africa Begs Nigeria
- President Cyril Ramaphosa apologised “profusely” to the Nigerian government after deadly xenophobia attacks
South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has apologised the people of Nigerians over the xenophpbia attacks which caused at least 12 people were killed in recent weeks after 1,000 foreign-owned business were targeted.
President Cyril Ramaphosa apologised “profusely” to the Nigerian government after a spate of deadly xenophobic attacks that rocked Johannesburg and Pretoria.
In a statement released by South Africa representatives, Jeff Radebe in Abuja to attend a meeting on Monday to convey “sincerest apologies about the incident that has recently transpired in South Africa”.
“The incident does not represent what we stand for,” Radebe said, adding South African police would “leave no stone unturned, that those involved must be brought to book”.
The Nigerian government said in a statement following the meeting: “President Muhammadu Buhari responded to profuse apologies from the South African president, pledging that relationship between the two countries will be solidified.”
Foreign workers in South Africa – the continent’s second-largest economy after Nigeria – are often victims of anti-immigrant sentiment in a nation where almost one-third of people are unemployed.
At least 12 people were killed in recent weeks after 1,000 foreign-owned business were targeted.
The violence prompted reprisal attacks against South African firms in Nigeria and the temporary closure of South Africa’s diplomatic missions in Lagos and Abuja.
The violence sparked an international outcry and calls for a boycott of South Africa.
Following the violence, Nigeria announced it would repatriate more than 600 nationals to protect them from future violence.
Besides the hundreds of Nigerians returning to their home country, more than 700 people from other countries, including Malawi and Zimbabwe, sought refuge in South African community centres.
Many left their homes with little more than a few bags when the attacks began.
In 2008, at least 62 people, including South Africans, were killed in violence and looting targeting foreign-owned stores.
According to the chief executive officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has revealed the states with highest number of returnees from South Africa.
Abike Dabiri said 187 people returned from South Africa.
According to her, out of that number, Ogun state has the highest number of returnees.
Dabiri-Erewa disclosed this when she addressed a world press conference on Monday, September 16.
she added that the returnees were profiled according to their states, and their state governors are to take responsibility for them.
Here is the full list:
Ogun state – 30 , Imo state – 28, Oyo state – 23, Abia state – 7 ,Anambra state – 13, Delta state – 15, Ebonyi state – 2, Edo state – 13, Ekiti state – 6, Enugu state – 7, Kwara state – 3, Lagos state – 7 ,Osun state – 6, Ondo state – 6 ,Kogi state- 1, Benue state – 1