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Nigeria vows to protect its citizens in SA amid xenophobic tensions

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The Nigerian government has pledged to shield its natives during xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Nigeria: “Enough is enough”

“The continuing attacks on Nigerian nationals and businesses in South Africa are unacceptable. Enough is enough. Nigeria will take definitive measures to ensure the safety and protection of its citizens.”

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Nigerian government

The government further stated that President Muhammadu Buhari met with President Cyril Ramaphosa separately, during the 2019 Tokyo International Conference on African Development, in Japan, to plot a further discussion regarding the arising tensions.

The pair agreed that further discussions will commence during October 2019, during President Buhari’s official visit to South Africa. However, until then, the Nigerian government promises it will take active steps to ensure the safe-guard of its citizens in South Africa.

What ignited the violent attacks?

Several shops were looted and burnt down in Pretoria last week, and this started a series of destructive events across the Gauteng province. A report stated that an alleged drug dealer shot and killed a taxi driver, and South African taxi drivers and locals instantly retaliated, taking the matter into their own hands.

The province came into a state of despair as foreign nationals were asked to leave the country, and attacks emerged while their shops were looted and burnt down.

The police have stated that more than 100 people have been arrested, between Sunday and Monday, for their alleged involvement in looting and burning down foreign-owned businesses.

The condition between locals and foreign nationals continues to concentrate in Gauteng, and the Nigerians have announced that they are requesting aid from the Boko Haram, a notorious Nigerian terrorist group, to unchain its wrath in South Africa. However, this has not been confirmed by authorities.

Nigerians issue South Africa with an ultimatum

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has requested the South African government to urgently handle the extreme conditions, and what has been called xenophobic attacks against the foreign nationals.

An ultimatum was given by NANS, that if the South African Government does not get a grip on the situation, it will close the 120 South African companies that are based in Nigeria.

“Nigerian students are not joking about it, and we are giving a seven days ultimatum for this action to be carried out.”

 Danielson Bamidele Akpan, National Association of Nigerian Students

TheSouthAfrican.com

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  • USA 5,114,229
    USA
    Confirmed: 5,114,229
    Active: 2,330,447
    Recovered: 2,619,317
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  • South Africa 545,476
    South Africa
    Confirmed: 545,476
    Active: 140,808
    Recovered: 394,759
    Death: 9,909
  • Nigeria 45,687
    Nigeria
    Confirmed: 45,687
    Active: 12,114
    Recovered: 32,637
    Death: 936
  • Kenya 25,837
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    Confirmed: 25,837
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  • Australia 20,698
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  • South Sudan 2,450
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  • Uganda 1,267
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    Death: 6
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