- The federal government has said the reports of a quit notice given to Nigerians leaving in South Africa to depart the country is a falsehood
- President of the Nigerian union in South Africa said two communities in Johannesburg had issued quit notices to Nigerians to leave over allegations of social vises
- Anyene said there have been series of meetings with the affected communities as well as police and local authorities on the recent threats to Nigerians
The Federal Government has described the rumour of quit notice South Africa gave to Nigerians asking them to leave country by June 16, 2017 or face dire consequences was totally false.
The government made this reaction on Thursday, June 15, through Ambassador Sola Enikanolaiye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs who said that the ministry was unaware of any threat to Nigerians living in South Africa.
Enikanolaiye also said that the mission in South Africa was yet to report any of such to the ministry.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Martin Cobham, acting high commissioner to South Africa, has counsel the public to ignore the reports.
Cobham as well said that the reports might strain the relations between the two countries.
Cobham told Thisday that the mission would “investigate the matter and report accordingly to the appropriate quarters”.
NAIJ.com earlier reported president of the Nigerian union in South Africa, Ikechukwu Anyene, had in a statement, noted that two communities in Johannesburg had issued quit notices to Nigerians to leave over allegations of dealing on hard drug, as well as luring young girls into prostitution.
Anyene said the grievances of the South Africans were that Nigerians were responsible for some social vices such as illicit drug trade and prostitution and they blamed every crime in the country on Nigerians, even when it was clear that they were not committed by Nigerians.
He explained that Ugandan man allegedly raped a girl in Kwazulu Natal Province and was described as a Nigerian in the media just to make it seem as if the man was a Nigerian.
President of the Nigerian union in South Africa said: ''The Union held series of meetings with the affected communities as well as police and local authorities on the recent threats to Nigerians.
“We have also written reports on these incidents and sent to the Nigerian Mission and the South African police.
“We recommended interventions before the June 15 deadline to the mission and we are waiting for their response.
‘’ The union is worried that any incident involving non-South Africans are attributed to Nigerians. There have been sustained media propaganda against our people.’’
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Nigerians in South Africa have been issued with a quit notice to vacate two communities in the country over what has been described as punishment for the crimes.
Nigeria Union in South Africa on Wednesday, June 14 accused two communities in that country of ordering Nigerians to quit the territories
President of the union, Mr. Ikechukwu Anyene, said the Kuruman community in Northern Cape Province gave Nigerians till Thursday to leave the place.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video below of Nigerians protesting against the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.