The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised Nigerians against traveling to high risk and volatile areas in South Africa until the current situation of xenophobic attacks is brought under control.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja through the ministry’s spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye.
The statement read:
The Federal Government of Nigeria totally condemns the renewed attacks on foreign nationals and their businesses in South Africa which has led to the loss of lives and properties worth Millions of Naira.
The Government of Nigeria is engaging the relevant South African authorities via the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, Consulate General in Johannesburg.
And the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja to ensure that definite measures are put in place to curtail the unfortunate attacks.
The Federal Government commends the arrest of some perpetrators of the dastardly act by the South African Police and call on timely prosecution to serve as deterrence to others.
However, due to the tension created by the attacks, the Government of Nigeria wishes to advice Nigerians to avoid travelling to high risk and volatile areas until the situation is brought under control.
The Ministry of foreign affairs wishes to assure the general public that government is committed in protecting of lives and properties of Nigerians in South Africa.