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Quit Notice by South Africans: FG on top of the Situation – Envoy




Quit Notice by South Africans: FG on top of the Situation - Envoy

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The Nigerian Mission in South Africa on Friday said it had waded into issues surrounding the alleged quit order given to Nigerians by two communities in that country.

Ambassador Martin Cobham, Nigeria’s Acting High Commissioner in South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Pretoria that the mission was on top of the situation.

The Nigeria Union in South Africa had accused two communities in that country of ordering Nigerians residing within their territories to vacate.

Nigeria’s Acting High Commissioner in South Africa said that he had engaged in processes to nip in the bud whatever crisis or situation that could affect the welfare of Nigerians living in South Africa.

“I engaged the union leader who has given me the graphic details of what happened. In view of that I have engaged with the authorities here to bring in the community, the police and the Nigerians living there for a meeting so as to prevent any mayhem. On Monday I am going to dispatch our officials to the Northern Cape Province to engage in a meeting with the local police and the community for a tripartite meeting,” he said.

The High Commissioner said that he will also meet with the authority to ensure that instruction was given to the police not to allow any outbreak of violence.

“All we are trying to ensure is to nip in the bud any breakdown of law and order or anything that could lead to violence. So we in the embassy are on top of the situation. And I am engaging the union leader and my office is equally engaging the South African Foreign Ministry on the issue. So I believe with this measure we will be able to contain all these excesses,” he said.

The President of the union, Ikechukwu Anyene, had alleged that the Kuruman community in Northern Cape Province also gave Nigerians till Friday, June 16 to leave.

Anyene also said that the Klaafontein community, Extension 5, Johannesburg, directed landlords not to renew the rent of Nigerians in the community.

He said that the grievance of the South Africans was that Nigerians were responsible for some social vices such as illicit drug trade and prostitution.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Valentina

    June 17, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Life! and we’re here fighting ourselves,may God have Mercy on us all.

  2. Look

    June 17, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Tripartite. I just learnt a new word

  3. Curious

    June 17, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Nigerians are being given quit notice everywhere, even in Nigeria their own country. I hate to point fingers, but we can squarely put the blame on buhari and this adminstration. Issues like these have always existed before he came into power…but He had a chance to make a difference. Having won the freest and fairest election in Nigeria’s history, he had a chance to unify the country and live up to the expectations Nigerians who voted him had. However his Excellency decided to fan the flames of sentiments with his “5% of their votes” comment and his appointments both for members of his cabinets and security chiefs. His Excellency was reluctant to address the Fulani herdsmen…or should I just say “herdsmen”? His Excellency had the chance of befriending and pacifying the Niger delta after they had lost an election which they thought was unfair, but he was more interested in adding salt to injury and threatened to crush the Niger Delta Militants…something he tried to do with the army but failed! His Excellency had a chance of showing the Igbo’s that the only chance they had at getting to the promise land was if they stayed in Nigeria under a government that belonged to NO ONE, BUT BELONGED TO EVERYONE, but instead His approach made Heroes out of confused youths and turned jobeless persons into Martyrs…so IPOB is stronger than ever and more relevant than it should have been. And of course I cant forget El Zazaky and the over 300 Shiites killed in Kaduna….nor dasuki who has been denied access to a fair trial. And of course the Christians in southern Kaduna and much more!

    • TeeS

      June 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Honestly Buhari is one person.
      Nigerians are millions .
      Let’s take the blame for this one. We are all accountable for what is happening . We are the problem with Nigeria . Not just Buhari. All of us together . It is our country. Not Buharis country. For us to stop all this tribalistic crap, it starts with me and you. Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba . We are still Nigerians . You don’t hear people in Texas saying people from Newyork who live in Texas should leave . How ???? . Because it is called United States. Key word is United . They’re actually united.( well outside of trumps election. Or just mostly)
      Dunno how to solve Nigerias problem, but quit blaming Buhari for everything

  4. Bowl

    June 17, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Time we built our own country !

  5. Ayo

    June 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    It is well!

  6. Chichi-

    June 18, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I don’t see why we are suprised. If we can give one another quit notice in our country then what story or image are we portraying to the world? It simply means we can be treated as dogs elsewhere

  7. Tracy Edward

    June 18, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Nigeria wake up and stop this hate words, time to build Nigeria together is now. God bless Naija

  8. Doreen

    June 18, 2017 at 9:35 am

    All that is needed is to come up with a strategy to totally make sure that people do not commit crimes of prostitution and drug dealing. This will prevent people being sent away. We love our kids and it is sad to see them being abused. Let’s build a better relationship by creating jobs and employing people so they don’t end up doing crimes. They must also take part and change for good.

  9. Iya ibeji

    June 18, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    We can’t even put our own house in order! At the rate we are all going, we might not even have a Nigeria. Its time for all individuals and groups to look inwards and stop pointing fingers as there is enough blame to go round.

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