These few days have been hectic with news of Xenophobia attacks in South Africa, looting and burning foreign shops as they request that foreigners leave their country. Nigeria is now repatriating over 600 of its citizens. Air Peace, a private Nigerian owned airline offered to fly back people to Lagos for free.
640 Nigerians have signed up for the flights in which 320 will be flown out on Wednesday and the rest on Thursday.
According to Al Jazeera’s Fahmida Miller, reporting from the airport in Johannesburg, said on Wednesday “of the more than 600 people who were expected to leave, at least half of them” were already there, while a “small group of people were turned back, due to incorrect documentation.”
At least 12 people were killed and at most 1000 foreign owned businesses targeted due to the riot in Pretoria and Johannesburg. One of the passengers Pastor Ugo Ofoegbu, said that “some people had an expired passport and they will have to go to the Nigerian consulate to get the right documentation that will allow them to travel,” he added.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is also expected to visit South Africa next month to discuss the attacks and seek a solution.