South African government denies evacuation call by Nigeria
State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo denied that the Nigerian government was evacuating its citizens from South Africa following a wave of attacks on foreigners and their businesses in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and other cities and towns.
Mixed messages about Nigeria evacuation call
This is despite the President of Nigeria stating the exact opposite on his offical Twitter account the day before’
On our own part let me reiterate that the Nigerian Government will continue to do everything possible to ensure the safety of the lives, property and business interests of Nigerians in South Africa, and of South Africans in Nigeria.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) September 9, 2019
Despite Buhari and the Nigerian consul general in Johannesburg confirming an evacuation would take place, Dlodlo insisted this was not the case.
“There is no government call by the government of Nigeria to evacuate its citizens,” she said.
“What has happened here and this is through discussions at a diplomatic mission level… is that a private citizen, who owns an airline has offered to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa and obviously there are immigration rules that go with that.
“It’s a process that will have to go through normal channels…but there is no call by the Nigerian government to evacuate its citizens.”
– African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Catherine Rice