The recent wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa has drawn a response from the Nigerian government to its South African counterparts.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has warned the South African government to take better care of foreigners in its country, or face sanctions.

“These attacks should not be allowed to continue because it is a big setback,” she said.

“We have lost about 116 Nigerians in the last two years. And in 2016 alone, about 20 were killed. This is unacceptable to the people and Government of Nigeria,” the official warned.

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She has already met with the South African High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr Lulu Aaron-Mnguni, who promised that the matter was already being investigated.

Dabiri also advised Nigerians in the country to have restraint and not take matters into their hands.

Houses belonging to Nigerians have been looted and burned, according to the leader of the Nigerian community in South Africa, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene.

“As we speak, five buildings with Nigerian businesses, including a church have been looted and burned by South Africans,” Anyene said.