Some Nigerians who were evacuated from South Africa have arrived the country with many of them having tales of woes to share of their sojourn in the xenophobic inflicted country.
Though only 187 adults and children could make it back in the first batch as against the 320 initially expected, it was revealed that the South African government did frustrate the evacuation efforts.
The flight arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at 9.43pm on Wednesday, September 11.
One of the returnees, Uche Victor, told journalists that he left his Cameroonian wife and a young daughter behind.
“I’m bleeding because I left my wife and baby but I have to come back because my mother cries for me to return. If something happens to me, she will suffer. I left my business, I came back with nothing. South Africans believe all Nigerians are drug pushers, but I don’t know the colour of any drug,” Victor lamented.
Victor who explained that he left Nigeria for South Africa in 2007, explained that the attacks were anger against the government.
“They are only venting their anger on foreigners. They started with black and will move to whites soon,” he said.
According to him, the flight would have returned earlier but the South African government made it difficult.
“They didn’t want us to go but for Nigeria’s consulate,” he added.
Another returnee, Onuoha, an indigene of Abia State, said a lot of Nigerians were still stranded as they could not return with their properties.
Aliu Saheed from Osun State, said his shop was burgled and he came back home empty-handed.
“But I’m happy to be home, I’m not going back again,” he said.
He added that the South African authorities went further to cancel visas that were issued to the returning Nigerians.
The Chairman, Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said there was a 15-hour delay before the flight left South Africa. She had earlier told journalists that the South African authorities brought new immigration rules before the affected Nigerians could be allowed to board the aircraft.
According to Dabiri-Erewa, the Federal Government is giving N40,000 worth of airtime to last them for two months as well as stipend of N10,000 for transport.
She also said there were plans for the Bank of Industry to provide some money for the returnees to start small businesses.
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