Returning From South Africa

More than 300 more Nigerians caught in a web of violent protest, attacks and killings by irate and frustrated blacks in South Africa have returned home safely on Wednesday courtesy of Air peace a Nigerian private airline.

An Air Peace Plan was spotted at the International Airport, Ikeja on Wednesday night with about 315 Nigerians made up of adults and children. It would be recalled that just last week about 187 Nigerians were repatriated from the crisis-ridden country.

Attacks in South Africa against black African immigrants has been spurred by huge unemployment, crime and one of the highest level of poverty in the continent which has been wrongly blamed on innocent hapless immigrants seeking solace from instability and economic downturn in their home countries.

According to reports, the total number of Nigerians repatriated from South Africa is about 502 while about 500 more are still awaiting evacuation having voluntarily opted to return to Nigeria.

Receiving the returnees in Lagos on arrival from South Africa, the Lagos state government represented by Mr. Jermaine Sanwo-Olu, Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos state governor on Diaspora and foreign Relations presented the cash stipends of $55 to each of the returnees.

Xenophobic Attacks on African Foreigners in South Africa

He charged them to put their ordeal in South Africa behind them and strive forward promising that the government will offer them every reasonable support to enable them to stand on their feet.

He Also specifically promised to rehabilitate citizens of Lagos states by transferring them to the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund LSETF where they would be trained on various skills.

Over the weekend the South African government went on a face-saving and bridge mending ventures by visiting several African countries including Nigeria to apologise for the foolishness and untoward behaviours of some of her citizens that saw many African foreigners targeted.

According to Mr. Jeff Radebe, South Africa’s Presidential envoy to Nigeria, “the attacks on foreigners do not represent South Africa’s value system or those of the larger number of South Africans”