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Xenophobia: Nigerian High Commission Reacts

In light of the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African Nationals in South Africa, the Nigerian high Commissioner Ambassador Kabiru Bala has assured Nigerians in South Africa of the commitment of the commission to render support to victims of the attacks.

In a statement issued on Tuesday Ambassador Bala said the commission is working closely with the South African government to bring the situation under control.

He also called on Nigerians in the country to remain calm and avoid reprisal attacks.

Excerpts from the High Commissioner’s statement:

  “The High Commission of Nigeria in Pretoria views with concern the ongoing loss of lives, arson, and looting of properties in some parts of Gauteng Province of South Africa.

“Some of the victims of the anarchy are Nigerians and other Africans.

“The High Commission and the Consulate in Pretoria and Johannesburg are compiling the list of all the Nigerian victims of the current anarchy for engagement with the South African government and other stakeholders for succour.

“Any action taken hurriedly that may jeopardise the “arduous task of engaging the South African government through diplomatic channels to bring the situation under control and to restore normalcy.”

Ojeakhe Ozoya

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