All those Nigerians affected or willing to escape any possibility of further violent attacks and leave South Africa have been offered a free flight to Nigeria.
On Wednesday, the Nigerian foreign affairs ministry said in a statement that the owner of private Nigeria airline Air Peace Airlines, Chief Allen Onyema, had volunteered to send an aircraft to evacuate his countrymen on Friday.
The necessity to “evacuate” the people emerged after the recent “unfortunate xenophobic attacks” on foreign nationals, including Nigerians, in several areas of South Africa.
“The general public is hereby advised to inform their relatives in South Africa who might be interested to take advantage of this laudable gesture. Interested Nigerians are therefore advised to contact the High Commission of Nigeria in Pretoria or the Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg,” ministry spokesperson Ferdinand Nwonye advised.
The erupted protests and violent clashes have given rise to an angry reaction from the people in Nigeria. Soon after, Zimbabweans and Zambians joined the protests proclaiming their resentment against the violence in SA.
On Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, and foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama met to discuss their government’s next steps in response to the violence.