Xenophobia: Nigeria restates support for victims

Rahila Lassa, Abuja

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Nigerian Government has restated her commitment to support victims of the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Chairman, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said this when she received a Nigerian widow returnee from South Africa, Mrs Yinka Iyoha, in her office in Abuja.

Mrs Iyoha, who returned to the country alongside other Nigerians at the wake of the xenophobic attacks was presented with a cheque of One Million naira donated by Multi Choice while a scholarship was awarded to one of the four children of Mrs Iyoha who lost her husband 9 years ago.

The NIDCOM Boss said the Federal Government in collaboration with SMEDAN, Central Bank of Nigeria and the National Directorate of Employment, is planning to rehabilitate and empower all the returnees.

She disclosed that the returnees would be trained on various skills to be monitored and funded by the Central Bank of Nigeria after which funds from N1 million to N10 million naira will be given to them as take-off.

The Chairman therefore urged state governments to liaise with returnees in their respective states in order to key into the rehabilitation and reintegration schemes.

She said Africans must unite in the hope of making xenophobia a thing of the past, stressing that, the Nigerian mission had a programme in Johannesburg, South Africa entitled UNITE AFRICA, geared towards eradicating xenophobia in South Africa.”

“We hope that xenophobic attack becomes a thing of the past,” she said

Elated by the gesture, Mrs Iyoha confessed that it’s good to be home, saying; “in South Africa, we are not safe, the economy is bad and they treat us like foreigners.” 

She revealed that she lost over 20 million naira business in South Africa as its Customs authorities seized all her goods and never gave her the opportunity to defend herself.