Following the receipt of a report from the Special Envoy sent to South Africa to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa over the xenophobic attacks on Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa.
The President made the order, stating that all Nigerians who are willing to return to Nigeria should do so immediately.
Buhari further directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama to continue to discuss with the appropriate South African authorities so that appropriate measures will be taken to end the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
Prior to this development,Air Peace has offered its services to rescue embattled Nigerians at no cost. In a statement made available by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema was quoted to have said the airline will release its aircraft to bring Nigerians home.
Why this matter: Several businesses owned and operated by Nigerians have been put at risk, as their outlets and business places have been subjected to attacks by South Africans in the xenophobic attacks. Many Nigerians have not just lost their lives, but had also lost their means of livelihood, which implies that they have been left with nothing.
This move will not just save lives, it will also help the Nigerians in South Africa come home to establish the businesses they are presently running in South Africa in Nigeria, for the betterment of the country (Nigeria).
Back Story: The current xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa were triggered by the death of a South African cab driver reportedly killed by a Tanzanian drug dealer. The incident happened about a week ago in the Pretoria area of South Africa, after which many foreign-owned business outlets and houses were looted and razed with fire.