Actions taken and pronouncements by the executive and legislative arms of the Nigerian Government over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa:
1. President Buhari instructs Minister of Foreign Affairs to summon South African High Commissioner to Nigeria and expresses Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens.
2. The President to dispatch Special Envoy to convey to SA President Cyril Ramaphosa Nigeria’s concerns and interact with his South African counterpart on the situation.
3. Special Envoy to arrive in Pretoria latest Thursday, September 5.4. House of Representatives to cut short its four-week recess over the killings of the country’s citizens in South Africa.
5. Senate President Ahmad Lawson blows hot – says Nigeria won’t take it anymore.
6. Unofficial sources say President Buhari is set to recall Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa to report back home, as reported by The Nation newspaper.
7. Nigeria announces it has pulled out of World Economic Forum on Africa billed for Capetown, South Africa, from September 4 to 6, towing the line of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Malawi who pulled out earlier.
8. VP Yemi Osinbajo cancels attendance at WEFA in Cape Town.
9. An unofficial source says Nigeria has demanded full compensation for the Nigerian victims of the xenophobic attacks.
11. Many other groups and individuals condemn the attacks:
* Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Alfred Martins
* National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS. They give South Africans till Monday to leave Nigeria.
* Youth Group, Oodua Youth Coalition issues seven-day ultimatum to all South African investors to leave Nigeria or……..
THE NOT-SO-PLEASANT REACTIONS
* Some Nigerians took to the streets of Lagos and Abuja to protest the attacks on their citizens in South Africa. But the protests have taken dramatic and violent turns with the angry protesters attacking and looting South African businesses, especially retailers in major shopping malls and telecommunications.
Such protests spilled to the streets with smashing of cars and other vehicles belonging to Nigerians themselves.
MORE REACTIONS EXPECTED FROM BOTH GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS.
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