Assisted voluntary return

Statement (with recommendations) by IIDN on xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa by Chiamaka Mogo

The Initiative for Inclusive Dialogue in Nigeria (IIDN) strongly condemns the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other African nationals, in South Africa. The constant occurrence of xenophobic attacks in South Africa is truly disappointing. Several lives have been lost and livelihoods destroyed. There can be no justification for such actions and it is important that the South African authorities hold those responsible, to account. 

The South African and Nigerian governments need to work together and expeditiously, to find lasting solutions to these crises. 

IIDN has some recommendations which will be outlined below:

  • The government of South Africa has to mandate for all police units nationwide, training on recognizing and responding appropriately to xenophobia.

  • The South African government needs to discuss redress measures with individuals, families and business owners that have been affected in past and recent attacks.

  • The Nigerian government has to promptly organize and fund, assisted voluntary return services to citizens, who as a result of the attacks, wish to be back in Nigeria.

  • Reintegration services should also be arranged by the federal government, in collaboration with humanitarian organizations across Nigeria.

Xenophobia should have no place in Africa. We hope that the above recommendations will be implemented, in conjunction, with any other important measures that have to be taken to stop and prevent re-occurrence of the current issues in South Africa. 

IIDN is committed to good governance and inclusion. We will continue to do our part, in speaking out against violence and injustice.

Signed,

The Initiative for Inclusive Dialogue in Nigeria