- Air Peace Airlines has offered to evacuate Nigerians willing to leave return home from South Africa free of charge
- There have been reports of series of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa in recent times
The ministry of foreign affairs called on the general public to inform their relatives in South Africa to take advantage of the gesture
Air Peace Airline has offered free flights to Nigerians willing to return home from South Africa as the xenophobic attacks in that country continue unabated.
The disclosure was made in a statement on Wednesday, September 4, by the spokesman for the ministry of foreign affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye.
According to the statement, Air Peace volunteered to send an aircraft from Friday, September 6, to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria free of charge.
The statement read: “The general public is hereby advised to inform their relatives in South Africa to take advantage of this laudable gesture.
”Interested Nigerians are therefore advised to liaise with the high commission of Nigeria in Pretoria and the Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg for further necessary arrangement.“
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former minister and ex-presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili, came under criticism for attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa that is being held in South Africa at a time Nigerians are being killed in that country.
Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and their businesses in South Africa have been in the news in the last few days.
The development forced the federal government to boycott the forum which began on Wednesday, September 4.
It was learnt that other countries including Rwanda, Malawi and DR Congo also boycotted the forum probably in retaliation for the renewed killing of Nigerians and other Africans resident in South Africa.
A Twitter user identified as Larenchy said the minister should have taken a cue from the federal government by also boycotting the forum.
He said: "The government has boycotted the summit, the reasonable thing is to stand behind your government. Actions speaks louder than words."
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