At least 400 Nigerians have shown interest to leave South Africa following xenophobic attacks. This was made known yesterday by the Nigerian Consul-General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama

Foreign nationals in the country have been subjected to fresh xenophobic attacks. This led to a diplomatic row between Nigeria and South Africa and also reprisal attacks on some South Africa-owned businesses in Nigeria last week.

Godwin Adama said the first batch of Nigerians who are willing to return home will be repatriated on Wednesday. Air Peace has offered to airlift the returnees home.

“We have more than enough for that aircraft. Over 400 Nigerians have already registered; more are still coming,” he said.

Kabiru Bala, Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, said Nigerians in the country had responded well. As he put it:

“We are documenting them. Those without travel documents, we shall provide them with Emergency Travel Certificates,” he said.

“There are other governmental procedures that we must observe. Relevant agencies of government in Nigeria must be informed and must be ready to receive the returnees.

“Hard work is now going on at the High Commission and Consulate in this regard. As soon as all procedures and relevant protocols are observed, the return is assured and guaranteed. A little more patience will be helpful. The response of Nigerians is just amazing.”