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Xenophobia: Nigerian celebrities condemn attacks on foreigners in South Africa

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Xenophobia: S/A Immigration delays evacuation of Nigerians

…As Mission expresses concern over loss of lives, property in S. Africa***

Popular Nigerian celebrities, including Toke Makinwa, Funke Akindele, Mo Abudu, amongst others, have condemned the incessant attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.

The newsmen report that the recurring attacks on Nigerians are part of wider xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the rainbow nation.

The Federal Government, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has summoned the South African High Commissioner in Nigeria, Bobby Moroe, over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

South Africans had on Sunday begun fresh attacks, looting and burning of businesses and properties belonging to foreigners and killing some people in the process.

The attack, which was second within a week, began on Sunday morning in Jeppestown area of Johannesburg when a building was set on fire by angry mobs.

Nigerian celebrities took to their social media platforms to implore the government to seek for a peaceful resolution to the issue at hand.

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele wrote:

“This is so sad. Why? Must violence be the solution to every problem? I woke up to horrific pictures and videos of our country men being attacked and killed. This has to stop o!!!

“We all are out there hustling to put food on our tables! Why the killings. I appeal to the Nigerian government to see to the immediate end of this. All lives matter! #saynotoxenophobia .”

Similarly, Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Tv wrote: “The xenophobic attacks happening in South Africa right now is complete and misplaced anger. We owe it to ourselves as Africans to unite. It’s the only way forward.

Warning: 

Graphic image!! Viewers discretion is advised!!!

***A Nigerian businessman, allegedly being burnt alive in South Africa… alongside about $2 million worth of vehicles/business destroyed.

Africa, What is our offence??!!

 

“God has blessed us with so many natural and human resources, yet we are unable to unlock this potential. It’s another sad and frustrating day for me as an African woman.

“Our government should find ways to put pressure on the SA government to do more to protect Nigerians who are investing in their country. Let us pray for the protection of all Nigerians abroad and a peaceful resolution to the current troubles,” she wrote.

Also, On-air-personality, Toke Makinwa, described the attacks as a huge blow on Africa as a continent.

“We have come so far from the dark ages yet we kill each other. Just hearing about the xenophobic attacks in South Africa and my heart is broken . I cannot even begin to watch the gruesome videos, why? Why so much hate in the world ?

“Why do we compete so much it becomes less healthy and more evil, what exactly is the point to all the killings? I love the people of South Africa, I know so many hardworking South Africans and you all have shown me love and so I implore you all to stand up for what is right.

“We all cannot continue in silence, if hate lingers nobody wins. Our doors have been nothing but welcoming to you all …now let’s come together and fight this evil in our midst . We are all Africans, a win for us is for us to the world.”

NAN reports that Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama had on Monday condemned the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa, describing the perpetrators as mindless criminals.

He also pledged that ‘definitive measures’ would be taken to address the situation because there was need to end the attacks.

Also read:  XENOPHOBIA: Nigerians tell tales of woe

In the meantime, the High Commission of Nigeria in Pretoria has expressed concern over recent xenophobic attacks on Africans by South Africans, just as President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday dispatched a special envoy to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Nigerian High Commissioner, Amb. Kabiru Bala, in a statement said that some of the victims of the lawlessness in the country were Nigerians.

He said the Nigerian High Commission and Nigerian Consulate in Pretoria and Johannesburg would compile a list of Nigerians affected by the attacks for engagement with the South African Government and other stakeholders.

According to him, all Nigerian victims of the current attacks are requested to come forward to report their situation to the High Commission and the Consulate.

“The two missions will continue to be home to all Nigerians in these trying times and in the future.

“Since the outbreak of the attacks last week, the two missions have remained open and continued to render normal services to Nigerians and other customers without hindrance.

“We appeal to Nigerians to remain calm and avoid any action that may jeopardise efforts to engage the South African Government through diplomatic channels to bring situation under control and restore normalcy.

“The two missions are currently working alongside all relevant authorities in South Africa, including the police, to address the unfortunate situation.

“Concerted efforts are ongoing for the state visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to South Africa by which time we will substantially address existing concerns in the consular relations between the two countries.”

He stated that xenophobic attacks were unacceptable anywhere in the world, especially in a country that has Africa in its official name.

The envoy noted that the country had its national anthem as “Is God Bless Africa,” and the ruling party as African National Congress, while its national events start with the African Union anthem.

He said all hands should be on the deck to arrest the unfortunate situation in South Africa and put an end to the violence against foreign nationals.

Meanwhile, Buhari has dispatched a Special Envoy to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa over the attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since Aug. 29.

Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said the envoy would also interact with his South African counterpart on the situation.

Adesina revealed that the president had already instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to summon the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria and get a brief on the situation.

He said Onyeama was also to express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of its citizens; and get assurance of the safety of  lives and property.

“The Special Envoy is expected to arrive in Pretoria latest Thursday, Sept. 5, ’’ he added.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports  that South Africans commenced fresh attacks, looting and burning of businesses and properties belonging to Nigerians and other nationals and in the process killed three persons.

The President of the Nigeria Union South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, said on Monday that the attacks began on Sunday morning in Jeppestown area of Johannesburg when a building was set ablaze by an angry mob.

“The mob also looted several shops that were around the vicinity suspected to be owned by foreign nationals.

“But the police later dispersed the mob and made some arrests.

“Late in the evening of Sunday, Sept. 1, a group of violent locals suspected to be Zulu hostel dwellers, besieged Jules Street in Malvern, Johannesburg, looted and burned shops and businesses with Nigerians being the most affected.

Some witnesses living on Jules Street said the Zulu hostel dwellers were very organised and well-coordinated in looting and burning any shops/businesses suspected to be owned by foreign nationals.

NAN further reports that over 50 shops/businesses were destroyed, looted and burnt over the night in Malvern area of Johanesburg.

 

 

 

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Lighter Mood: The Neighbour’s White Goat!

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*1. The moment I knew Nigeria was in trouble was when someone stole his neighbor’s white goat and dyed it black, only for the neighbor to say he recognized the goat by it’s smile.*

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*2. The best strategy to win arguements is to have serious mouth odour, they will just be nodding their head in agreement.*

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*3. I don’t like people who can’t let go of the past – especially people I owe money.*

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*4. Hmmm ….. When NEPA takes light, a true Nigerian will stand up and check outside, to make sure their neighbors don’t have light too! And you believe, you will make Heaven abi.*

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*5. You will buy sachet water and finish it at once. But when you buy bottle water, you will be opening and closing it as if it’s doctor’s prescription.*

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*6. At home you can’t sleep without switching off ‘ur small radio but you can sleep in Church with eight speakers blasting in ‘ur ear … it is called Demonic soft work.*

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*7. In Africa once your phone rings in the church or mosque, everybody will start looking at you as if Satan is the one calling.* 😄😄😄😄

*8. I still don’t understand how Nigerian Cockroaches survive inside microwave, gas cooker oven, etc. You will be warming food and you will see them walking inside like Shedrack, Meshack & Abednego.* 🙄🙄 *Maybe they also serve a Mighty God.*

*Anybody with an explanation?*😜😜😜

*Please, put a smile 😊🙂😉🙂😘 on someone’s face to calm down tension caused by Political Jobbers and other stress.* 😁😁

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LIGHTER MOOD: Pocket-induced Common Sense…!

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Sometimes, when what is laudable is not practicable, Commonsense simply takes over!

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Pilgrimage: Participation May Slide As Adamawa Announces N4.679m For 2024 Hajj

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…Executive Secretary blames increment from N2.89m on rising operational costs, exchange rate fluctuations and inflation

Participation at the 2024 Pilgrimage in Adamawa may shrink as the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission has announced N4.679 million fare, for this year’s Hajj.

What goes for Adamawa, may similarly affect the other states of the country, as hajj fare in 2023 was only N2.89 million.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Malam Abubakar Salihu, made the announcement at a news briefing on Tuesday in Yola.

Salihu attributed the increment in the Hajj fare to rising operational costs, exchange rate fluctuations and inflation.
He said that the decision was made after careful consideration and consultations with relevant stakeholders.
According to him, the commission is committed to providing the best possible services, while ensuring transparency and accountability in the utilisation of the funds.

He called on intending pilgrims to always adhere to the rules and regulations both in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to enhance a hitch-free and successful pilgrimage.

Salihu also stressed the need for intending pilgrims to comply with the procedures and protocols established by the commission.
He emphasised the importance of continuous orientation and education for the intending pilgrims.

The executive secretary reiterated his commitment to ensuring a successful and memorable Hajj pilgrimage for the intending pilgrims in the state.

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