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Why We May Not Be Coming Home Just Yet, By Nigerians In South Africa

People stand behind a banner to protest against xenophobia outside of the main gate of the South African High Commission, which was shut down to avert reprisal attacks in Abuja, on September 5, 2019. Image: AFP
BY GBOYEGA ALAKA

LAGOS (THE NATION)
-- While the spate of xenophobic attacks in South Africa have been sources of serious concern for Nigerians back home, as many fear for the safety of their friends and relatives in the former apartheid enclave, it may be interesting to know that a good number of Nigerians are not just ready to come back home anytime soon. Gboyega Alaka reports.

ON Wednesday, September 11, the first Air Peace plane earmarked to convey Nigerians who may be feeling threatened by the raging xenophobia attacks in South Africa touched down at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria. The time was 9.45 and 187 Nigerians, male and female, children inclusive disembarked as against the 320 being expected. The South African authorities reportedly frustrat…

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