Presidential aide says Nigerians not leaving S/Africa despite Xenophobia attacks
Sept. 07, 2019
A Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, has revealed that the move to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa over the recent xenophobic attacks in the country may not succeed.
According to Ojudu, a former federal lawmaker representing Ekiti Central Senatorial ,between 2011 and 2015, Nigerians in South Africa do not want to leave the country, contrary to what is being assumed back at home.
Ojudu said the Nigerians are at home in South Africa and are not interested in leaving.
He shared his thoughts on his Instagram page @ojudu.
He said: "I have heard of the plan by Air Peace to go to SA and evacuate Nigerians. Like seriously?
"This shows a lack of understanding of the situation down here.
"I am here in SA. I am not sure Nigerians here are in a hurry to leave. I am not also sure many see the need to leave. I visited an hospital here today and met many Nigerian doctor and health workers.
"They are busy carrying out their legitimate duties. I was in Mandela Square and was served at a restaurant by two Nigerians, they didn’t express any anxiety and neither did they feel under any pressure to flee SA."
Ojudu added that even Nigerians whose shops were destroyed in the xenophobic attacks are not thinking of leaving the country.
He added: "Not even the shop owners whose shops were set on fire among other African foreign nationals are willing to leave. Many are married to South African women and have their life investments here."
The announcement was made by the foreign affairs ministry, which also commended Chief Allen Onyema, who volunteered his airline for the evacuation.
“The ministry of foreign affairs has conveyed the generosity of a patriot Nigerian airline operator and philanthropist, Chief Allen Onyema, to evacuate distressed Nigerians in South Africa who wish to return to Nigeria. The evacuation is already scheduled for 7/09/2019, ” the statement said.
It was gathered that the operating airline, Air Peace, confirmed this after discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian high commission in South Africa.
The shift in date was due to the need to get valid travel documents for the already penciled passengers.
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