Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, said Nigeria and South Africa would implementation the “Early Warning Signal” mechanisms signed by the two countries to curb xenophobic attacks.
In a statement signed by the Head of Media Unit of NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Wednesday, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa spoke against the backdrop of renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
The statement quoted Mrs Dabiri-Erewa as saying that “the Consul General is on top of the situation.
“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 assured.
Mrs Dabiri-Erewa added that further developments at this stage would be taken up at the ministerial level, between the two ministers of foreign affairs of both countries.
President Muhammadu Buhari was in South Africa between Oct. 3 and Oct. 5 on a state visit which coincided with the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
“Series of agreements and Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, were signed by the two African states to cement the relationship and nip the hostilities in the bud.
“However, on Tuesday, it was reported that South African citizens resumed xenophobic attacks against Nigerians living in Mpumalamga area of the country” she said.