The Federal Government, disclosed that only eight Nigerians were physically injured while N24 million-worth businesses were damaged in the ongoing xenophobic attack in South Africa
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Danjuma Sheni, made the disclosure during a media briefing jointly convened with the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb Lulu Mnguni, in Abuja.
Fielding questions from the media, Amb Sheni said though those injured have been treated and discharged from the hospital, no Nigerian has so far lost his or her life in the violent attack.
He assured that the Nigerian government remains engaged with the Nigerian community and all its nationals living in the country in order to ensure adequate protection for them.
“Our mission in South Africa has remained very engaged with Nigerian community and Nigerians in general. So from the information they have provided us with, we have about eight Nigerians who have been affected in the sense that they were physically injured.
“We also have Nigerian businesses that have been affected and some of them, I think two or three, are mechanic workshops. They were affected in the sense that eight or ten vehicles that were brought in for repairs were damaged. Our councillor-general is aware that this particular incident took place and has sent in a report and the cost estimates that were involved. The estimate of Nigerian businesses damaged is between N21 million to N24 million now. That is the latest report we have for now. But the good news is that, no Nigerian has lost his life in these latest attacks,” he said.
Sheni, who said that the Nigerian government is on top of the situation, hinted that the xenophobic attack in South Africa is not a state-sponsored violence.
“We recognised the fact that the event, as unfortunate as it were in South Africa, is not sponsored. We also note in particular the action and reaction of the South African Government, the South African people and various sectors of South Africa,” he said.
Also speaking, South African envoy, Mnguni, said, as part of the effort to douse the tension, President Zuma has briefed officials of affected countries and gave them assurance that such act will not reoccur again in the country.
“And of course, he fully indicated what our government has put in place to guarantee their safety. There may be challenges but the loopholes have been closed. And of course, resources will be put in place.
“Our police are very much up to the task and also we have deployed the army to compliment the police in creating a peaceful environment. Of course, this will be followed by lasting solutions which will not only guarantee the presence of the police and the army because what we want is to see South Africans and the African continent as one people,” Mnguni said.