The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has revealed that Nigeria has requested for compensation from the South African government over the killing of Nigerian citizens in the xenophobic attacks.
According to Dabiri-Erewa, the attack on fellow Africans by South Africans was unpleasant and does not represent Pan Africanism as no fewer than 127 Nigerians were killed in the last two years due to the xenophobic attacks.
She said, “We are already pressing on for compensations for those who have lost good and properties. We are pressing for justice too for those who have already lost their loved ones and killed.
“Also, we want the government of South Africa to prosecute those who have been arrested. It is not a crime for people to move especially within Africans or any part of the world.
“We are saying that if there is any Nigerians who commit any crime in any parts of the world he or she should be punished. Don’t say that the crime of one should be melted on others but we are always ready to protect our own citizens.
“This is why It is important that each state has a diaspora desk to link with diaspora commission so that anything that has to do with Nigerians can be addressed.”