South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mguni, on Wednesday allayed fears about fresh xenophobic attacks on Nigerians resident in his country on Friday.
Mnguni, who spoke on a programme on Channels Television monitored in Lagos, said the attacks were the handiwork of criminals bent on destabilising the country.
He said efforts were being made to prevent the planned attacks from going ahead.
Also on the programme, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, urged the South African government to take decisive action against those behind the attacks.
She stated that Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, was in touch with his South African counterpart to prevent fresh xenophobic attacks.
The gangs behind the attacks say that Nigerians and nationals of some other African countries have been taking good jobs and opportunities away from their people and therefore want the immigrants to leave their country.