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Xenophobia will not be discussed at UNGA – Onyeama

The arrival of about 320 Nigerians living in South Africa has been delayed.

The delay was as a result of the Air Peace Airline not obtaining a landing permit on time.

According to the airline, it just received a landing permit for its flight this afternoon.

The 320 returnees were initially expected home on Tuesday as part of the government’s efforts to evacuate Nigerians, in the wake of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

So far, 187 Nigerians have been successfully evacuated and profiled according to their states.

The Federal Government has also confirmed that none of the returnees are criminals and that issues of compensation for victims will be handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Meanwhile, the Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama says the xenophobic attacks will not be on the nation’s agenda at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

This according to him, is because he believes both Nigeria and South Africa should be able to sort out their differences privately.

Mr Onyeama stated this on Tuesday at a media briefing on Nigeria’s participation at the 74th UNGA holding in New York.

The Minister further stated that the issues of non-renewal of work permits of Nigerians in South Africa and the reports around the cancellation of the residency of the returnees will be discussed by both President Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa during their meeting on October 3.

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