Nigeria encourages its citizens to return home amid anti-foreigner violence while Pretoria closes diplomatic missions. The South African Embassy has been temporarily closed in Nigeria after the violence that erupted against South African business in reprisal for attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg, Nigeria has announced plans to evacuate its nationals from South Africa. Naledi Pandor, the foreign Minister of South Africa stated on Thursday that the embassy in Nigeria was temporarily shut down after threats led to fears for the safety of the staff.”There is Afrophobia we are sensing that exists, there is resentment and we need to address that,” Pandor told Reuters news agency. Lunga Ngqengelele, spokesman of the Foreign Ministry confirmed On Thursday that the diplomatic missions in Nigerian cities of Lagos and Abuja have been closed since Wednesday.
The announcement, which signals worsening diplomatic relations between the two African countries, comes after Nigeria introduced plans to evacuate its nationals in South Africa following a wave of attacks on foreigners, including Nigerians.