President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians willing to return home from South Africa over increasing xenophobic attacks.
The President gave the order as he received report from Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, DGNIA, over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
The number of Nigerians willing to leave South Africa has risen to 640, the Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has confirmed.
South Africa’s Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, said on Monday that the attacks against foreigners in South Africa were planned by criminals and government cannot prevent it.
Ms Mapisa-Nqakula who said this in an interview with eNCA, a local channel described South Africa as an angry nation and insisted that the government can’t prevent the ongoing violence.