Xenophobia: South African Consulate In Lagos Closed Following Protests

Xenophobia: South African Consulate In Lagos Closed Following Protests

By Sheryl Sanni | Staff Reporter on April 22, 2015
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Nigerians held a protest in the South African consulate in Lagos and at the South African High Commission in Abuja on Wednesday, April 22 2015, following xenophobic attacks by South Africans on foreigners from other African countries

Shortly after the protest, the South African consul general in Nigeria, Sam Monaisa, ordered the closing of the consulate on Wednesday, April 22 2015. In an email he wrote to the South African Business Forum in Nigeria, he expressed concern that even though the situation in Durban had calmed down he was still concerned over the Nigerians been repatriated.

He further wrote that the consulate would remain closed until Thursday, April 23 2015.

He wrote that Nigerians were using social media to blow an already tense situation in South Africa out of proportion and stoking emotions.This was why Nigerians maintained that their compatriots were being killed daily in South Africa, he wrote.

He cautioned South African owned business and citizens not to go about recklessly and to be wary about where they went owing to the fact that South African citizens in other countries usually became targets of violence and retaliation anytime there was a xenophobic attack in their country.

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