Xenophobia: Airline’s Evacuation’s Plan Postponed

The plan by the Air Peace Airline to evacuate Nigerians in South
Africa from Sept. 6 suffered a setback as majority of those interested
in the process have expired passports.

The News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) reports that the airline with the support of the Federal
Government had scheduled to begin evacuating Nigerians from South Africa
on Sept. 6.

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This was sequel to the ongoing xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreign nationals living in that country.

Mr
Allen Onyema, the Chairman of Air Peace, said in a statement in Lagos
on Friday that the most of the potential returnees were yet to renew
their documents.

Onyema said the airline had already placed its
Boeing 777 aircraft on standby and was only awaiting the go-ahead from
the government.

“The Air Peace flight to South Africa will take
off from the Lagos Airport and also return to Lagos. As earlier stated,
the take off could be Sept 9 or Sept 10.

“This is because the
Nigerians in South Africa have to obtain travel certificates because
many of them do not have travel documents and their passports have
expired.

“Air Peace has placed its aircraft, Boeing 777 for the
flight since Sept. 3, but the Nigerian High Commission needed time to
register the Nigerians billed to travel.

And, they are already doing that in Johannesburg and Pretoria.”

Onyema
described the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans in South
Africa as unfortunate, especially with the alleged tacit support being
given to the perpetrators by the authorities.

He advised
Nigerians without legal documents in South Africa to take advantage of
the evacuation flight to return to the country.

NAN reports that
the Federal Government has pulled out of World Economic Summit holding
in Cape Town and also proposed recall of its Ambassador to South Africa,
Ambassador Kabiru Bala

The government had also issued travel advice to Nigerians intending to visit South Africa due to the xenophobic attacks.

Credit:NAN

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