Xenophobia: Nigeria Asks South Africa To Protect Foreigners

South Africans Attack Foreign Nationals In PretoriaNigeria has appealed to the South African Government to take every step necessary to protect its citizens in the face of renewed wave of xenophobic attacks in the country.

The call was made by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadijat Bukar Abba, at a news conference in Abuja.

Mrs Abba urged Nigerians to be calm while assuring them that the government was taking steps to address the matter.

The appeal followed the protest by Nigerian students at the premises of some South African businesses in the Federal Capital Territory.

Earlier in response to a summon, South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Lulu Mnguni, briefed the Foreign Affairs Ministry on what was being done by his country to stop the attacks.

The Nigerian community in South Africa had confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West in South Africa.

The group, led by Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, said that they had reported the incident to the Nigeria Mission and South African Police.

The Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria’s President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in a statement described the attacks as an unnecessary setback.

She advised Nigerians to be extra cautious, saying it appears the South African Government seems to have no control over the attacks.

House Cmtte’ Blames FG For Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians

House of Representatives, JudiciaryThe House of Representative Committee on Diaspora has criticised the Federal Government for failing to stem the attacks on Nigerians living abroad.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Rita Orji, stated this on Monday while speaking to journalists at the National Assembly on the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

She said the failure of the Federal Government to address previous attacks of Nigerians in South Africa was responsible for the incessant killings of Nigerians abroad.

The lawmaker recounted some of the killings of Nigerians in South Africa, Libya and other countries, claiming that the committee had investigated some of the cases and sent a report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with no visible action taken.

Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria’s President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in a statement said the Nigerian community in South Africa confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday.

The group, led by Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, said that they had reported the incident to the Nigeria Mission and South African Police.

Honourable Dabiri-Erewa described the attacks as an unnecessary setback and advised Nigerians to be extra cautious, saying it appears the South African Government seems to have no control over the attacks.

She also urged the African Union to intervene urgently in the renewed xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

“We have lost about 116 Nigerians in the last two years and in 2016 alone, about 20 were killed.

“This is unacceptable to the people and Government of Nigeria,” the Presidential aide said.

Obiano Assures Teachers Of Commitment To Their Welfare

Willie Obiano, Boundary Dispute, EnuguTeachers across Anambra state have been assured of a better welfare in terms of promotion and training as well as better remuneration packages, especially for teachers in the hard-to-reach areas in the state.

The assurances came from the Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, as he commissioned the Teachers’ Utility Hall at the premises of the Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board Building, Awka insisting that it was the resolve of his administration to ensure that the state remained first in education in the country.

The Chairman of the Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Nzemeka Olisa, revealed that teachers before now held conferences, seminars and training under canopies which was unacceptable, with the support from the government, the board was able to erect the edifice.

“This is in line with your Excellencies Police of doing more with little. From what we are witnessing today, you will agree with me that there is a great benefit and joy in applying this policy in the administration of public office.

With strict supervision and monitoring, prudent and judicious spending, we are proud to have this magnificent building to show for it. I am happy to announce that the purpose for which it was conceived and put in place is being met almost on daily basis.”

According to the Commissioner for Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, the goal of the state in education was to ensure that the learning needs of all are met and the sector was striving towards its realisation which the state government was giving a strong support to.

“We want to ensure that the learning needs of all are met through equitable distribution of resources and learning of lifelong skills and ensuring that we are one of the three top states with lowest illiteracy rate.”

The governor encouraged the teachers to continue to be the best as he remained committed to their welfare revealing that the 2017 budget had their promotion factored into it.

“In the 2017 budget, I factored in promotion. All these are to motivate you because of the good work you are doing. Our children are doing well today because we have committed people working there and you can only be committed if you receive your entitlements as and when it is due and that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing.

“I want us to continue to be the best in education, I want our children to shine beyond imagination in every endeavor.”

There was the formal commissioning of the Utility Hall and a sight inspection of the facility in which the governor expressed great delight at the hard work and determination of the Basic Education Board to be the best in the state.

Nigerian Union Flags Off Anti-Drug Campaign In South Africa

nigerian-union-sa-campaign, South Africa The Nigerian Union in South Africa has kick started a campaign against drugs and prostitution, in line with the country’s efforts to eradicate the problems.

The group says this has become imperative, as there are many law abiding Nigerians in the country.

Many people in South Africa associate drug-related crimes in their country with Nigerians, but the Nigerian Union says that perception has to change.

Our Johannesburg Bureau Chief, Betty Dibiah was at the event in the Northern Cape.

Erdogan ‘Snatch Squad’ Fugitive Soldiers Captured

Turkey failed Coup, Erdogan, Turkey, SoldiersA source says that Turkish special forces have captured 11 fugitive soldiers involved in the planned seizure of President Tayyip Erdogan during a failed coup attempt in July.

The soldiers were part of a group which launched an attack on a hotel where Erdogan was holidaying on the night of July 15 in the southwestern resort of Marmaris.

Their capture came after Turkey dismissed nearly 1,400 more members of its armed forces and stacked a top military council with government ministers on Sunday in moves to tighten control of the military after the coup.

Reuters said a source disclosed that the fugitives were caught in the Ula district of Mugla province after Gendarmerie special forces, supported by helicopters and drones, were sent to the area after a tip-off from a local.

“A total of 37 soldiers were reportedly involved in the operation to seize Erdogan in Marmaris and 25 of them had been caught earlier,” the source said.

Since the coup attempt, more than 60,000 people in the military, judiciary, civil service and schools have been either detained, suspended or placed under investigation.

Islamic preacher, Fethullah Gulen is accused by Turkey of orchestrating the failed putsch.

Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, has denied the charges and condemned the coup.

S.African White Supremacist Plot Leader Sentenced To 35 Years

Picture of a Gavel.The mastermind of a “Boer Army” white supremacist plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of South Africa has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The Former university lecturer, Mike du Toit, was sentenced on Tuesday after a trial lasting more than 10 years, state media said.

According to state media, he was convicted of high treason for his leadership role in the “Boeremag”, a rag-tag militia of apartheid loyalists accused of a botched 2002 coup attempt in Africa’s biggest economy that aimed to overthrow the ruling African National Congress.

At least one other leader of the group also received a 35-year sentence at the Pretoria High Court, while others among the 20 defendants were handed lesser sentences, state broadcaster SABC reported.