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.