Xenophobic attacks: Nigeria, South Africa will ensure implementation of Early Warning Mechanism — NIDCOM

Abike Dabiri Abike Dabiri-Erewa

 Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) says the foreign affairs ministers of both South Africa and Nigeria will ensure the implementation of the Early Warning Signal mechanism recently signed by both countries.

The Executive Chairman/CEO of NIDCOM, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa made this known on Wednesday in a statement issued by Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the commission’s Head of Media Unit.

Dabiri-Erewa said that the mechanism was part of efforts to curb xenophobic attacks.

The NIDCOM CEO, who was reacting to the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, said that the Consul General was on top of the situation.

“On Tuesday, it was reported that South African citizens resumed xenophobic attacks against Nigerians living in Mpumalamga area of the country.

“The Consul General, Godwin Adama, is currently in Widbank, Mpumulanga, where the crisis happened.

“He is at a meeting with the highest police authorities there.

“The mission intervened immediately and the situation is currently under control.

“After this meeting, a meeting with Nigerians along with the South African Police will hold,” she was quoted as saying.

Dabiri-Erewa explained that further developments at would be taken up at the ministerial level, between the two Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both countries.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Oct. 3 to Oct. 5 led a high-powered delegation to South Africa on a three-day state visit.

The visit followed series of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in September.

NAN further reports that series of agreements and Memorandum of Understanding were signed by leaders of both countries with a view to strengthening relations and putting an end all forms of hostility from the South Africans.