Xenophobic : Nigerian Embassy closes door against Nigerians Attacked In South Africa

Xenophobic : Nigerian Embassy closes door against Nigerians Attacked In South Africa

While Speaking with Sahara Reporters on Monday, many Nigerians in South Africa narrates how they now live in fear.

The Nigerian Embassy in South Africa has close it’s door againt ths Nigerian victims of ongoing xenophobic attacks in the former apartheid colony.

The new attacks against nationals of other African countries domiciled in South Africa, which began on August 28, 2019, has now moved to most parts of that country, with fears of more violence in the coming days.

While Speaking with Sahara Reporters on Monday, many Nigerians in South Africa narrates how they now live in fear.

According to them, several victims of the attack, who rushed tl the Nigerian Embassy for help and protection were denied access into the place.

Former president of Nigerian Union South Africa, Iyke Anyene, told Sahara Reporters that Nigerians had stayed in the houses, in fear of their lives and not sure if they’ll be the next victims.

He said, “In some parts of Guateng Province the looting has continued.

“It started in Pretoria and people have not been able to do their businesses. It is not safe, there is widespread looting.

“Some Nigerian victims went to the high commission but were denied entry into the place.

“The high commission claimed that they are dealing with the situation but we don’t know what to do. We need results, people are losing their lives and properties.”

He said migrants from other African countries are also inclided in the attacks. And looting, adding that the South African police are usually confused when such attacks happen.

Xenophobic : Nigerian Embassy closes door against Nigerians Attacked In South Africa

He added, “All African migrants are affected. When it happened in Pretoria, the police was there but couldn’t stop the attack.

“In Johannesburg, they were not able to stop anything. It is a very serious problem at the moment.”

A Nigerian business woman, Doris Ikeri-Solarin, also told Sahara Reporters. That she had looked herself indoors with her family for fear of being killed by South Africans if they go out of their home.

She said, “There is trouble, it is very tough. There is a state of emergency and the violence is still ongoing.

“No one opened shop today, our movement has been restricted.

“In Mabupane, they burnt our shops on Wednesday but we were able to save the ones we have around Sunnyside.

“These people are reinforcing and they are coming out to attack us.”

Ikeri-Solarin blasted the Nigerian Embassy for shutting citizens out at such a critical time of need.

She added, “A baby just died in Marabasa because of the fire. We are at home, we can’t go out, our children cannot go to school, Nigerians inside taxis are dragged out and attacked.

“Nigerian Embassy does not exist. Some of our people affected by this attack went to the high commission but the ambassador did not come out. It is a big shame on them.”

Revall that Last Wednesday in Japan during the Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development, President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, said that his government will address the killings of Nigerians in his country.

Explaining that the country’s criminal justice system were working hard to come up with lasting solutions.

He said, “On the issue of Nigerians who are dying in South Africa, we feel very upset about that.

“Obviously, our criminal justice system is working on it. We don’t support killings.”

Althoughhis assurances, South Africans has kept on making a target of Nigerians in xenophobic attacks, killing and destroying businesses belonging to them.

Giving a death stat In July, President of Nigeria’s Senate, Ahmed Lawan, said that about 118 Nigerians had so far lost their lives in different attacks in South Africa over the years.

But Experts are saying the figure could may well be above that figure especially several untold cases of hostilities against Nigerians

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