Xenophobic Attacks: Aliko Dangote Reacts, Preaches African Unity

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest against xenophobia outside the South African High Commission in Abuja

Burna Boy Vows To Never Return To South Africa After Xenophobic Attacks On Other Africans

South Africa said Thursday it has closed its diplomatic missions in the Nigerian cities of Abuja and Lagos following violence carried out against South African businesses in reprisal for attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg.

He discussed South Africa's challenge with state capture and said it was important to strengthen institutions which have been weakened, adding that there should be "accountability and effect management" for those implicated in corruption.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sent an envoy to South Africa to "express Nigeria's displeasure over the treatment of her citizens".

Steven Gordon, a senior research specialist at Human Sciences Research Council in Durban, talks to Al Jazeera about the violence.

South African companies like the telecommunications giant MTN and the supermarket chain Shoprite were attacked and looted Tuesday in some Nigerian cities.

"We know that at least 10 people have been killed in the violence".

The minister said that the plan to evacuate Nigerians who are willing to return home from South Africa was a private initiative, which was welcomed by the federal government.

"The Government and the people of Zimbabwe condemn the barbaric acts, which clearly offends the spirit of African unity and solidarity as espoused by the African Union founding fathers in Addis Ababa in 1963", she said.

Nigeria boycotted the conference, while South Africa shut its diplomatic missions in Nigeria after protests in Lagos and Abuja, citing the "unpredictable" situation. Those numbers were less than previous reports, including a statement from a Johannesburg-area police official.

South Africa's Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu told the BBC the rioters feared losing their jobs to foreigners.

Police made nearly 300 arrests, while people across the continent protest and voice anger on social media.

Responding to these comments, Mr. Boampong contended that South Africa has been treated with kid's gloves emboldening them to make unguarded statements about an issue as sensitive as Xenophobia.

Seven people have also been killed in the trouble in South Africa but none of the victims have been identified as Nigerian. Burna asked. "I understand that years of Oppression has confused South Africans to the point where they see the [people] who came to their [defense] during their Oppression as their Enemies and then worship their oppressors".

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