No Nigerian Casualty In South Africa— Obanikoro

No Nigerian Casualty In South Africa— Obanikoro

Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the Minister of State II for Foreign Affairs has denied rumours of Nigerians being killed in ongoing xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

According to Vanguard, South Africa has seen a rise in violence against African immigrants in the country, with impoverished locals accusing foreigners of taking their jobs and business.

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However, addressing fears that several Nigerian might have been killed in these waves of attacks, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro noted that available information from the Mission in South Africa shows that no Nigerian casualty has been ascertained in the ongoing xenophobic attacks in the country.

He said: “from the information emanating from our Mission in South Africa, no Nigerian casualty has been ascertained.

He assured that the Jonathan-led government is in control of the situation in South Africa as it affects Nigerian citizens.

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Adding that: “Our Acting High Commissioner to South Africa is in Durban right now to ensure the safety of Nigerian citizens in the affected areas. Our Acting High Commissioner to South Africa has the directive of our Government to address all issues arising from the crisis.

With rise in  xenophobia attacks, Nigerians and other nationals have condemned South Africa, calling on the government to take a stand.

The latest outbreak comes after several high-profile figures — including a son of President Jacob Zuma — made polarising statements against foreigners.


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