Monday, March 5, 2012

Nigeria criticizes South Africa deporting 125 Nigerians

Chairman of House Representatives committee on Diaspora Affairs Rep. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has criticised the deportation of 125 Nigerians by the South African government.

In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, Dabiri-Erewa condemned the act, describing it as "continuous unwarranted hostilities against Nigerians by the South African government."

The Nigerians were deported from South Africa on Friday over yellow fever vaccination card.

The 125 Nigerians, who arrived in South Africa on Thursday, were deported on Friday. 75 of them went aboard South African Airways while 50 followed Arik Air.

She described the South African government's action as degrading and asked the Federal government to apply the rule of reciprocity to South Africans coming to Nigeria.

"It is pathetic that 125 Nigerians, the highest so far, which include women and children, were delayed for 24 hours without water and food in an inhumane condition before being bundled back to Nigeria," she said in the statement.

The lawmaker recalled various role Nigerians including women and children played in dismantling apartheid in South Africa.

Dabiri-Erewa also recalled how South African businesses like MTN and Multi-Choice owners of DSTV among others are thriving in Nigeria better than any part of Africa without any form of molestation from the Nigerian government.

Daily Trust

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