Xenophobic: Stop Deceiving Nigerians, South Africa Insists, Says 89 Nigerians Killed

Xenophobic: Stop Deceiving Nigerians, South Africa Insists, Says 89 Nigerians Killed
The administration yesterday uncovered the message passed on to
South African President, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, by President Muhammadu Buhari's special envoy, Mr. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, which had hitherto to this point been covered in mystery.

The presidential brief demonstrated that the South African government denied the general conviction that ongoing assaults on outsiders in the nation were xenophobic even as THISDAY independent sources said its senior officials put the deaths since December 2017 at 89.
Abubakar, who is the Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), was dispatched to South Africa in the wake of the xenophobic attacks by South Africans against their fellow Africans, including Nigerians.

The attacks, which are yet to abate, have made the federal government to intensify efforts at evacuating Nigerians willing to return home from South Africa.

So far, 640 Nigerians have registered to come back home from the rainbow nation.
The evacuation plans are going on just as efforts are being made for a peaceful resolution of the diplomatic crisis between the two top African nations.
Already, a former presidential candidate, Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili, and leaders of the Nigerian community in Cape Town have met to proffer a solution to recurring xenophobic attacks in South Africa with a demand that the South African government should apologise to Nigeria.

In spite of the general belief, THISDAY presidential sources said yesterday, that President Cyril Ramaphosa and senior officials of his government insisted to Buhari’s envoy that the widespread attacks were not xenophobic, revealing that although between December 2017 and September 2019, 89 Nigerians were killed in the country, 39 of them were slain by their compatriots due to drugs related disputes.

South African officials nevertheless admitted that 19 of the death arose from police brutality while the rest were due to other causes.

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