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Dabiri-Erewa seeks AU's intervention in xenophobic attacks on Nigerians, others

Dabiri-Erewa seeks AU's intervention in xenophobic attacks on Nigerians, others

Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Sen-ior Special As­sistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, has called on the South African Gov-ernment to take decisive and definitive measures to protect Nigerian citi-zens and other Africans within South African borders.
She equally called on the African Un-ion to intervene urgently in the re-newed xenophobic at­tacks on Nigeri-ans and other Africans in South Africa.
In a statement issued in Abuja, Hon Abike Dabi­ri-Erewa, described the attacks as an unnecessary setback.
The Nigerian Commu­nity in South Africa led by Mr Ikechukwu Any­ene confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pre­toria West on Saturday.
Anyene said the Union had reported the incident to the Nigeria Mission and South African police.
“As we speak, five buildings with Nigerian businesses, including a church have been looted and burned by South Af­ricans”, Anyene said.
Disturbed by this re­newed attacks, Hon Dabiri-Erewa advised Nigerians to be extra cau­tious as it looks like South African Government seems to have no control over these attacks.
The SSA, however, urged restraint on the part of Nigerians and warned that further at­tacks without any repri­mand may have dire con­sequences.
She said the atten­tion of the AU was be­ing called to intervene because in-formation had it that there will be another xenophobic at­tacks against foreigners on February 22 and 23.
“These attacks should not be allowed to con­tinue because it is a big set-back”, she said.
It will be recalled that Hon Abike Dabiri-Ere­wa had two weeks ago met with South African High Commission-er in Nigeria, Mr Lulu Aaron-Mnguni, on the killing of Nigerians in South Africa. Mr Mnguni then promised that the South African Government was investigating the matter.
``We have lost about 116 Nigerians in the last two years. And in 2016 alone, about 20 were killed. This is unac-cept­able to the people and Government of Nigeria”, Dabiri-Erewa said.

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