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Xenophobia: Affected Nigerians seek assistance Thu, 25 Jun 2015 02:33:17 +0000 Xeno NC 1

Nigerians affected by the recent xenophobic attacks in Sternkopf and Poffader in Northern

Cape Province of South Africa have called for assistance to enable them resettle.

Mr Emeka Muo, a businessman in Sternkopf, told us on Wednesday that he lost everything to the xenophobic attacks on June 15.

‘’ My family and I are now taking shelter in a neighbouring community. The attackers looted everything we had and we are left with nothing.

‘’ My wife and our little baby are now taking refuge in a family friend’s house in Springbok, a neighbouring town.

‘’ We appeal to the Federal Government to direct the Nigerian Mission in South Africa to come to our aid.

“ We need urgent assistance to survive the winter period in South Africa,’’ he said.

Mr Christian Onovo, the Ward Chairman of Nigerian Union in Springbok, said property such as cars and house hold items were burnt by the attackers.

‘’ As I speak to you, more than 11 Nigerians and their families are stranded. They have been forced out of the community and there is fear of more attacks.

‘’ We are living on the edge in Springbok. We need assistance to resettle Nigerians affected by the renewed attacks,’’ he said.

The President of Nigeria Union, South Africa, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, said some members of the national executive of the union had visited the affected communities to assess the situation.

Anyene said the union met with senior police commanders in the affected areas.

“ After the meeting with the police and Nigerians, it was agreed that the police should provide security for all residents of the community and address the concerns of local residents.

‘’ The police assisted by providing temporary accommodation for three Nigerians.

“ The situation is stable and there are no more attacks. The authorities assured that measures have been taken to prevent further attacks,’’ he said.

Anyene said the union had written to the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa, but had not received any response yet.

‘’ Nigerians affected by the attacks want urgent response from the Mission to salvage their situation.

‘’ We were able to interact with the natives and found out that issues bordering on poverty, crime and operating businesses without permit were the main reasons for the attacks.

‘’ The union proposed for periodic meetings with foreigners and South Africans in the community to sort out the concerns and bridge the communication gap that could cause crisis,’’ he said.

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Buhari never said he was too old to govern, says Union boss Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:30:57 +0000 President to President

The Nigerian Union in South Africa on Friday described as false reports in the social media purportedly quoting President Muhammadu Buhari as saying that he was too old to govern.

The President of the Union, Ikechukwu Anyene, said in a press release issued in Pretoria, South Africa, that Buhari never made such a statement at the town hall meeting with Nigerians in that country on June 15.

Anyene said Buhari, rather, enlightened the gathering about his administration’s plans and policies to move the country forward.

‘’ After the president left, the conclusion by most Nigerians present was that he is an honest man who is determined to fix Nigeria.

‘’ It even showed in the way everybody wanted to hug and shake his hands,’’ he said.

Anyene said it was disappointing that some people were using the social media to score cheap political point.

‘’ The president never said that he is too old to govern,’’ he stressed in the statement.

Anyene said Buhari was the only visiting Nigerian president he had ever witnessed that had gone out of his way to hug his compatriots after making his remarks.

‘’ Though it is necessary for the opposition to keep the ruling party on its toes, it is equally important that the criticisms should be issue-based so that government will have a breathing space to fix our country,’’ he said.

Anyene, who said the Nigerian community in South Africa was happy to meet the president, expressed confidence in his ability to tackle the country’s challenges.


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Xenophobia: Nigeria Union reports new attacks in South Africa Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:26:51 +0000 Pretoria(South Africa) – The Nigerian Union in South Africa on Tuesday reported new xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreigners in Sternkopf, Namakwa Municipality, Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

The President of the Union, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, said in Pretoria, South Africa, that the Northern Cape Province Chapter Chairman of the Union reported the incident to its National Secretariat.

‘’ The National Secretariat of Nigeria Union has received report of xenophobic attacks from Mr Kennedy Osagie, the Northern Cape Province chapter chairman of the union.

‘’ The report indicated that South Africans attacked Nigerians.

“ Two cars belonging to Nigerians have been reportedly burnt and they have been going from house to house looting and destroying their property,’’ he said.

Anyene, who said that there were 20 Nigerians living in the affected community, added that none had been reported dead in the incident.

‘’ Six Nigerians have taken refuge with their families in nearby SpringBok community and they do not know the whereabouts of the other Nigerians,’’ he said.

He said that the Union had reported the incident to the Nigerian Consulate in South Africa.

Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa, Amb. Uche Ajulu-Okeke, confirmed the incident, saying the mission had commenced investigations.

‘’ The Nigerian Consulate in South Africa has received report of new xenophobic attacks in Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

‘’ The mission has commenced investigation into the incident and will ensure that Nigerians are safe in South Africa,’’ she said. (NAN)

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NUSA President’s Speech Presented to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari on his first official visit to South Africa: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:24:07 +0000 President to President

Your Excellency,

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander in chief of Armed Forces
President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR,
Excellencies, Executive Governors present

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Director General of NIA,

Our Hard working Consul General Amb Uche Ajulu Okeke

The acting High Commissioner
All Protocols observed
Great Nigerians

Nigeria Union South Africa heartily congratulates Your Excellency for a well-deserved victory at the 2015 General Elections.
Mr President, you were steadfast and resolute in selflessly and tirelessly pursuing a well deserved leadership of the Nigerian state. Nigerians in South Africa are aware of your excellent intention for the country.
Your victory is a victory of the people, for the people and by the people, especially the poor, children and women. It is victory over abject poverty, hunger, malnutrition, economic stagnation and insecurity among others. You are the hope of not only Nigeria and Nigerians, but Africa and black people on the face of this earth.
Your Excellency, the Nigerian community in South Africa takes cognizance of your sterling purposeful direction and productive engagement in uplifting education, health and road construction when you were at the helm of affairs of Petroleum Trust Fund (P.T.F.). Your trusted hands delivered. PTF was felt in every state, every local government area, every home and every school. Its medical ambulances brought hope and life to sick Nigerians.

As a former Head of State of Nigeria, Your Excellency stooped low to serve your country at that lower level of the said trust fund. You gave your all – spirit, body and soul. We are asking for more. The hydra-headed problems of Nigeria and the African continent are many.

Firstly, is the very difficult matter of corruption in Nigeria requiring urgent and drastic solution. This seemingly insurmountable, infinite corruption virus has eaten deep into the fabric of Nigerian society. It has this tsunamic driving force which leads to limitless and unforgivable looting by Nigerians.

Mindless carting away of our national resources need to be halted immediately. Let Nigeria develop, let Nigeria grow socially, environmentally and economically for the benefit of all.

Your Excellency’s incorruptible and firm stance against corruption is well known by all.
We know that you will lead by example. Your Excellency, it is also very important that the civil society organisations are strengthened to complement the efforts of government agencies tasked with the duty of fighting corruption.
Equally, fellow Nigerians, it is incumbent on us all to rise up with one voice to support the government in the fight against corruption. We must collectively engage our human and material resources to silence whoever and whatever encumbrances that stand against this noble war. Nigeria must be zero tolerant on corruption. Fellow Nigerians, we must realise that corruption is a colossal opposition to development.
In the past, Your Excellency has given unparalleled attention to the provision of a decent and acceptable standard of living for all Nigerians. It will not be different now. Primary and Secondary schools, colleges of education, colleges of Science and Technology, polytechnics and universities are waiting for your attention. Equally waiting are bad roads, the railway system, air transport system, epileptic electricity supply, indisciplined society, inter alia. This calls for massive capital and current expenditure which needs to be adequately funded.
Consequently, apart from oil revenue, other viable sources of revenue should be fully exploited. We believe that the tax collection system in Nigeria needs to be urgently restructured.Nigeria Union South Africa is of the opinion that an autonomous statutory body be established to effectively access and collect company tax, income tax, Value Added Tax (VAT) and other taxes. It is a known fact that some Nigerian businesses, other juristic persons and individual Nigerians do not pay tax. Billions of Naira in taxes are not collected by government. It is pertinent to note here that our host country depends on taxes for massive development that it has achieved. Why not Nigeria?
Also, long-term revenue generating activities should be put in place. Our petroleum refineries should be made functional. It is colossal waste of foreign reserve and currency to keep importing petrol and other petroleum products from foreign countries.
The Union is also optimistic that Nigeria can earn revenue and create jobs through agriculture.
Nigeria is endowed with suitable land and climate for all year round commercial farming. The host country has a lot of commercial farmers who are ready to invest in Nigeria.
Equally important is the urgent need to create enabling economic infrastructure to effectively attract both domestic and foreign investors.
Insecurity is a major concern to Nigerians and the world in general. Insecurity of lives and property is a major obstacle to economic development and social cohesion. Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA) is confident that with Your Excellency as the President and commander in chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Nigerians will soon enjoy the peace that we are used to.
it is also necessary for government to effectively strengthen all democratic institutions in our country, especially the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must always be seen to be truly independent in order to ensure free and fair elections.
The Union also request that such institutions should be allowed to conduct elections which reflects the will of the people .
We also suggest that all arbitrations emanating from elections should be concluded before an elected official assumes office.
Also Nigerians abroad really want to participate in the electoral process so we appeal to ur excellency to use your good office to engage the National Assembly to reconsider the issue of diaspora voting.

Finally, your Excellency, we know that the journey will not be easy, but with support from all Nigerians, we believe that your administration will put smiles on the faces of the people, and we assure you of the support and cooperation of all Nigerians in South Africa,
Not to be forgotten is the recent unfortunate incident of xenophobic attack on foreign nationals in South Africa. We are happy to inform you that the South African government eventually stopped the attacks. Nigeria Union South Africa humbly appeal to the federal govt to facilitate the payment of compensation to Nigerians that were affected by the xenophobic attack
Your Excellency, thank you, and once more congratulations.
Long live the Federal republic of Nigeria
Great Nigerians
Long live Nigeria Union South Africa
President, Nigeria union South Africa representing Nigeria community resident in South Africa

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Buhari promises to implement government’s cardinal policies Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:18:44 +0000 Buhari in South Africa Buhari in South Africa 3

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to implement the cardinal policies of  his administration  in order to move the country forward.

Buhari made the pledge in Johannesburg, South Africa, when he met Nigerians resident in South Africa.

He said government was determined to secure the country, improve the economy and eliminate corruption.

‘’ Government is determined to secure the country, manage the economy, create employment and fight corruption.

‘’ Some articulate writers have said if we do not kill corruption in Nigeria, corruption will kill Nigeria.

‘’ This APC administration intends to kill corruption in Nigeria. We will do our best, I assure you,’’ Buhari said.

The presidents said the G7 leaders had expressed commitment to helping Nigeria tackle insecurity as well as develop its oil and gas sectors.

‘’ We are getting the facts and logistics requirements together,’’ he said.

He also said the leaders of the Lake Chad Basin Commission had set up a military command headquarters in Chad with a Nigerian general heading it.

Buhari, however, urged Nigerians resident in South Africa to be good ambassadors of the country.

‘’ Those of you who have the opportunity to come here and represent us, make sure that you are representing Nigeria, you are all ambassadors of Nigeria.

‘’ This means a lot of patience, restraint and self respect and pride. You must have all these,’’ he said.

According to Buhari, Nigerian and South African leaders will soon meet to discuss several issues bordering on their relationship.

The Consul General of Nigeria in South Africa, Amb. Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said shops and other property worth millions of Rand belonging to Nigerians were lost during the recent xenophobic attacks.

She also said 143 Nigerians were killed in South Africa between 2011 and 2014, adding that another 81 were in Johannesburg prison.

‘’ Out of this 81 Nigerians, 21 have been convicted,’’ she said.

The President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, congratulated the president on his election and inauguration.

“ Your victory is victory over poverty, hunger and signals hope for the common man,’’ he said.

He urged the president to facilitate compensation for Nigerians affected by the xenophobic attacks.

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Bukola Saraki emerges Senate President Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:16:49 +0000 Bukola Saraki 1

Bukola Saraki (APC-Kwara Central) has been elected unopposed as President of 8th Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria by 57 of 108 Senators, with 51 Senators, including Sen. Ahmed Lawan, absent.

The out-going Senate President, David Mark, however ruled out Senators from the fold of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the race.

Mark tactically reminded PDP Senators that the leadership of the Eight Senate would be composed mainly of Senators from the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform as members of the majority party in the Senate.

Mark’s remarks may have foreclosed the clandestine moves by some PDP Senators to form part of the Body of Principal Officers in the Eight Senate which pave way for Senator Bukola Saraki from Kwara Central of APC.

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Gunmen Shot dead a Nigerian in Johannesburg, South Africa Tue, 09 Jun 2015 06:44:58 +0000 gunmen 2

A Nigerian businessman based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr Emmanuel Onyekaozuru, 50, was killed on Sunday by gunmen. The President of Nigeria Union in South Africa, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, on Monday told newsmen in Pretoria, South Africa, that Onyekaozuru was shot by two gunmen.
‘’ The union has received a report that a Nigerian businessman, Emmanuel Onyekaozuru, was shot in his business premises at 9.00 p.m. yesterday (June 7). ‘’ The report said that the gunmen shot the deceased and escaped in a car.
‘’ The incident has been reported to the police and the Nigerian Consul General in South Africa,’’ he said. Anyene said that the union would work with the consul general and the police to ensure that justice was done in the case.
‘’ Mr Onyekaozuru is the only son of his parents. He is married with three children. ‘’ He is an indigene of Abatete in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State,’’ he said.
Anyene also said that the gunmen did not remove anything from the business premises of the deceased. ‘’This is one death too many and we are not happy that a Nigerian has been killed,’’ he said.

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FIFA U-20 W/Cup:Nigerians in South Africa urge Eagles to remain focused Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:12:18 +0000 Flying-Eagles-1

Pretoria – Some Nigerians resident in South Africa on Sunday urged the national U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, to remain focused in the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup holding in New Zealand.

The Flying Eagles, early on Sunday, defeated Hungarian counterparts, 2-0, to book a place in the round 16 of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Ikechukwu Anyene, President of the Nigeria Union, South Africa, said in Pretoria, South Africa, that the Eagles had continued to improve since defeating the Democratic Republic of Korea.

“The flying Eagles have rediscovered their scoring form and we are happy they have qualified for the round of 16.

“We urge them to remain dedicated and take every game as the final of the tournament. We are optimistic the team will do Nigeria and Africa proud in the tournament’’.

The Secretary-General of the Union, Adetola Olubajo, said the Eagles had done the nation proud with the victory over Hungary.

“We pray for them to continue to win all their matches in order to win. Nigerians in South Africa are proud of the team and it is our prayer that they should win the cup,’’ he said.

Lawrence Odum, a Pretoria-based businessman, commended the team for being consistent in their game.

“This is the dream team of Nigeria and a lot is expected of them. I believe that if they obey their coaches and determined, they will go places in the World Cup,’’ he said.

Odum said the Eagles could beat Germany, their next opponent in the round of 16.

“They should take every game as it comes and should not be afraid of reputation. They have the potential to defeat any country.

“The team has been together for more than two years and understand themselves,’’ he said. (NAN)


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Consul General Facilitates Legal Assistance For Nigerians In South Africa Mon, 08 Jun 2015 06:18:24 +0000 office 2


Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa, Amb. Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said on Sunday that the mission had liaised with Nigerian lawyers practising in South Africa to handle cases of their compatriots in that country.


Okeke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Johannesburg, South Africa, that the Consular General’s office in South Africa established the link with the lawyers to intercede for Nigerians with legal cases.


‘’ I have engaged an association called Practising Nigerian lawyers in South Africa.


“ I am waiting for the Nigerian Union in South Africa to give me a report on our visit to the prison in Johannesburg.


‘’ The lawyers will look at the report and see if they can intercede for some Nigerians there, then the consulate will engage them for their services,’’ she said.


According to Okeke, the lawyers have agreed to handle cases for Nigerians in South Africa.


She said that lawyers were handling the case of a South African tent making company based in Durban which duped a Nigerian businessman of $15,000.


‘’ The tent maker in Durban was paid $15,000 by a Nigerian businessman to collect the goods.


‘’ The tent maker gave fake bill of laden, fake shipping permit and fake warehouse loading and the case is now in a court in Durban.


‘’ The Nigerian lawyers in South Africa are looking into the case.


“ The Nigerian businessman was not being given proper attention, but the lawyers are on top of the case now,’’ she said.


Okeke also said the lawyers were handling a case of a Nigerian whose property was sold in a suspicious manner by a bank.


‘’ There is a matter involving a bank.


“ A Nigerian travelled to Nigeria to attend his father’s burial and before he came back, the bank had sold his property under suspicious circumstances.


‘’ The lawyers are handling the matter on behalf of the Nigerian,’’ she said.


Okeke said the lawyers had been very helpful to Nigerians in need of legal assistance in South Africa.


She, however, said that some Nigerians in South Africa do not know the laws of that country, forcing them to do the wrong thing. (NAN)

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