Nigeria to address challenges faced by Nigerians in South Africa

The Nigerian government has pledged to address the myriad of challenges being faced by Nigerians in South Africa during President Jacob Zuma's planned visit to the country.


Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama made the pledge on Monday when the Nigerian Union South Africa, the umbrella body for all Nigerians in the country paid him a visit in Abuja, the country’s capital city.

Onyeama said he had taken note of their complaints and would address them through the bi-national commission established to look into areas of cooperation between the two countries.

On the incessant harassment and killing of Nigerians in South Africa, the minister said a representation would be forwarded to the South African government.

Onyeama assured the union that the Federal Government was committed to ensure that the rights of Nigerians were not trampled on in that or any other country.

Leader of the union, Ikechukwu Anyene drew the minister’s attention to the difficult situations that law-abiding Nigerians face in South Africa on a daily basis.

According to him, the immigration laws in South Africa were recently reviewed and had practically rendered a lot of foreign nationals, including Nigerians, illegal.

He urged the government to prevail upon South Africa to relax the visa restrictions for Nigerians as it had done for southern African countries like Zimbabwe and Lesotho. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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