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Xenophobic attack is triggered by opposition party – Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Thursday, 23 February 2017
President Jacob Zuma, South Africa

By Toye Faleye

Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistance to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has said at a media chat that the recently witnessed xenophobic attack in South Africa is triggered by the opposition party who craves for power at all cost.

She says “the opposition party is inciting the low income earners to go out and attack foreigners, who, according to the party, are no longer welcome in their country. We have lost about 116 Nigerians in the last two years. And in 2016 alone, about 20 were killed. This is unacceptable to people and government of Nigeria,” Dabiri-Erewa said.

She therefore urges the South African government to call the opposition political party to order and stop inciting people, saying the Nigerian government would not tell its citizens to fight back.

“As of now we have appealed to Nigerian citizens to be careful, calm, vigilant and be retrained. The South African government has also promised that the police will protect our citizens,” Dabiri says.

Speaking further, she adds that the dimension things are going, there might be possible reprisal attack, saying the major problem is that South African citizens are ignorant and are not aware of the role Nigeria played to get it (South Africa) liberated from Apartheid.

It will be recalled that Abike has called on the South African government to take decisive measures to protect Nigerian citizens and other Africans. She has equally called on the African Union (AU) to intervene urgently.

The Nigerian community in South Africa led by one Ikechukwu Anyene confirmed the attacks and the looting of Nigerian-owned business in Pretoria West last Sunday.

 It will be remembered that Nigeria and other foreigners witnessed Xenophobia attack in 2015, which was instigated by the Zulu King who ordered South Africans to go after foreigners who were seeing as nuisance.

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