Nigerian government on Thursday said reports of a quit notice given to Nigerians living in South Africa to depart the country by June 16, 2017 or face dire consequences were false.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sola Enikanolaye, said the ministry was unaware of any threat to Nigerians living in South Africa, adding that the mission in South Africa was yet to report any of such to the ministry.
High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Martin Cobham, advised the public to ignore the news which may strain the relations between Nigeria and South Africa.
President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Ikechukwu Anyene, had in a statement, noted that two communities in Johannesburg had issued quit notices to Nigerians to leave over allegations of dealing on hard drugs, as well as luring young girls into prostitution.
Anyene said these offences were not perpetrated by Nigerians. Anyene narrated how a Ugandan man allegedly raped a girl in Kwazulu Natal Province and was described as a Nigerian in the media just to make it seem as if the man was a Nigerian.