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Nigeria Deports 42 South Africans

08 Mar 2012

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Minister of Health,  Onyebuchi Chukwu

By  Ike Abonyi and Chinedu Eze

The Federal Government yesterday continued to match its words with action by repatriating 42 South African, who had arrived the country.

Yesterday’s deportation brought the number of South Africans who had been deported to 136. The deportation row between Nigeria and South Africa deepened, following the deportation of 125 Nigerians by the South African government last Friday.

THISDAY gathered that the 42 South Africans were deported on board a South African Airways flight 060. However, in an apparent move to retaliate same action, the South African authorities  deported five Nigerians-two on board an Arik Air, while the other three were on board a South African Airways.

Nigeria decided to respond on equal measure to the hostile attitude of the South African authorities, following the many reports of how the country maltreated Nigerians who travelled there.

An Immigration official who spoke to THISDAY, before the arrival of South Africa Airways flight, said the Service had not received any directive to back down on the decision of government to deport South Africans who did not meet Immigration conditions of Nigeria.

So immediately the aircraft arrived, the Immigration officials promptly carried out checks and deported the 42 South Africans who did not meet the stipulated conditions.

Last Friday 125 Nigerians were forced back to the country on the allegation of not having authentic yellow fever documentation that showed that they were inoculated against the disease.
The action of South African authorities was seen by Nigerians as hostile because they did not carry out well known diplomatic procedure before deporting those Nigerians there is no indication that yellow fever is prevalent in Nigeria as World Health Organisation (WHO) had designated Nigeria as yellow fever free. Clarifying on the issue, Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, had said there was no report of the disease in the country since the past 13 years.

According to the Immigration official who spoke to THISDAY, the action Nigeria decided to take on the issue was instructive because “by reciprocating their action it shows that nobody has all the wherewithal. If they are educated they would have known that everybody that has South African visa must have been vaccinated of the disease.”

At the diplomatic level, both countries have been meeting to resolve the matter and also after a crucial meeting on Monday, top officials in aviation agencies and organisation, including South African Airways and Arik Air, which operates to the country decided that they would send emissaries to know that was actually the problem which has led to a soured relationship between the two countries that are the bastion of hope in the continent.

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  • South African Immigration officials are very mad. They have done same to me before by ridiculing me in excess, though, not deported anyway.

    From: Engr. Olatunji Samuel

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • How can two wrongs make a right. Yes, South African action may be insulting and highly condemnable, but Nigerian retaliation is a sure sign of immaturity and deplomatic blunder. The ought to have completed talks first, in my humble opinion.

    From: Park

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Game on!

    From: Ntanta

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I was one of the South Africans "deported" off SA060 on Tuesday. It is incorrect to say that we did not comply with the immigration conditions. I complied in all respects, with a visa issued on 23 Feb, a valid yellow fever certificate and a return flight booked on Thursday 8 March. One of those "deported" had been a resident in Nigeria for 8 years. The action was purely vindictive and retaliatory and will do much to harm relations.

    From: Jonathan

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • What is MTN and DSTV still doing in Nigeria?

    From: PRINCE KALU

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • How desperate is Nigeria for attention? If they want war let it be but they should know that either SA or Nigeria is going to win. What if SA retaliate also, that would mean millions of Nigerians in SA being deported whereas South African companies going to suffer heavy losses. Nigeria needs to fix its internal problems so that smaller countries like SA and Ghana can offer it the respect it desires. Last year hell broke loose with London based British Airways over the same case of Nigerian treatment, unlike other countries that are operating national carriers to protect their cictizens abroad and strengthening diplomatic ties...Nigeria doesn't have one to do that, leaving its citzens at the mercy of foreign and private airlines that cares nothing about Nigerians except their hard earned money. My point is that Nigeria should stop this foolish stupid game if they want to be a leader in Africa and start cleaning their house full of corrupt leaders export public money into SA estates instead of investing it in their country and creating a real national airline...infact the failed airline Nigerian airways had the potential to overshadow SAA, Egypt Air, KQ and Ethipian airlines but Nigerian leader Olusegun never looked at that possibility, giving British and SAA opportunity to exploit their people.

    From: Tshikosi Phathutshedzo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • First, the deportation of Nigerians from South Africa is uncalled for. What they should have done was to conduct a check-up and vaccinate them then the Nigerians will pay OR take them to the embassy there. But is there somtym we dont know about?

    From: JUDITH ABUAH

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I love this, let the deportation row continue, Nigeria and Nigerians must not be taken for granted. I call this 'Battle for continental supremecy'. God Bless Nigeria.

    From: Sen Onwuka C.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • South African economy is being buit through Nigerian wealth both in Human and Capital resources!! That they have a few well built cities does not make them a better country than NIGERIAN....It is well known that South Africa is an AIDS invested country.....they should be made to take HIV test at the Airport and returned home if found positive!!!!

    From: Roni Azo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I like the way we treated them too. Its becoming toomuch. The same thing happened in 1996 which made Nigeria not to participate in the Nations Cup that was hosted by the South Africa. And they won the cup due to Nigeria not participated. The same thing happen in London when they refused our plane to land on their airport, what happened we baned they own too. We should be serious as if Nigeria is a bad place to live.

    From: Henry

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I personally love the action taking by Nigeria Authority, if SA can despise us by deporting our citizen with out wisely investigating promptly then we make no mistake by taking such action. But let them be aware that they have so much to lose than Nigeria. If they decide to cut off the relationship between the two countries.Who are they? after all Nigeria had done to build up their Economy let all their citizens be deported back to their country. Not even one should remain.

    From: jerry

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Respect is earned. As long as we fail to fix our dear country we will continue to be ridiculed by other countries. For how long will we continue to leave our country in search of greener pastures in foreign lands? We are mistreated because we have failed to develop our nation. That is why we get this negative treatment all the time!!

    From: Linda

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Respect is earned. We must do something about the current state of our nation in order to earn the respect of fellow African nations. Why are Nigerians all over the place, looking for green pastures in very other country. It is simply because we have failed ourselves as a people. Therefore we are regarded as nuisances everywhere.

    From: Linda

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • As a proudly South African I can only wish that this stand off drag on for as long as possible to the point that each country deports the other's citizens. There is no guessing who will lose out. There are millions of Nigerian living in South Africa and making a living through unexplainded means. How many SAns live and work in Nigeria ? I wonder if they can fill up 2 aeroplanes. I know there are SA companies operating in Nigeria and should they be deported who will suffer ? Do those companies not pay taxes and employ Nigerians ? On the other hand I don't know of a single Nigerian compay operating in SA.. As for those who brag about Nigerian doctors being the "bed rock" of the SA health system I say dream on. Only the most desperate SAns will want to be treated by a Nigerian doctor. Their qualifications are mostly suspect and bogus.

    From: Khathu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Let South Africa 1st get rid of all the foreign whites who came from some far distant country to take their lands from them before they decide to deport Nigerians. Let Nigerian, in it's quest to be recognized as a big brother on the continent, close ranks with countries like Ghana and all those who matter and go a step further to remove all South African businesses in West Africa completely. Let Ghana promptly buy back the Anglo-Gold Ashanti and let all mega SA supermarket chains and the telecoms companies and tv service provider mtn be booted out once and for all. Let a West African vaccum be created and let a homegrown company from Nigeria, Ghana or Senegal be encouraged and supported to take that mantle. Let that new investor be local and a citizen of our lands, like Dangote. Let Nigerian who have invested in property in SA sell them off and then bring back those investements into Werst Africa, either Cape Verde Islands or into Ghana or Seirra Leone or within Nigeria itself for good measure. Throw all south african's out of WEST AFRICA,PERIOD.
    Let them retaliate but they stand to loose more because, they are more uncivilized and that is why their lands have been appropriated and taken by the whites who have blatantly refused to go anywhere or hand those millions of acres back. Do you allow such a foolish and backward people who after all these years of independence still cannot even do anything for themselves bother us? Hell, No!

    From: Adekambi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • All The Comments Are Interesting Both For And Against The Action Of Nigerian Authority,Nigeria Should Look At Some Asian Countries Too,Who Are Misbehaving And Manhandling Nigerians,By Creating Problems For Them And Using Same Problems And Jailing Innocent Nigerians On False Immigration Charges!

    From: Charles

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Guys, those guys have apologize, we should forget and trash issues. We all both needs one another. They have faulted their health ministry for the mess and currently probing those officials involve. Even if they just say that for mouth just to allow the big brother relax tension but at least they did apologize.

    From: Bolaji Yusuf

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • With all our internal issues, The South Africans I bet you will Cringe if we sever economic ties with them. They are benefiting more that we are from this relationship. Trust me. They are just scared of our individual competitiveness. Yes they have the organisational advantage due to their functioning system but individually not as talented.

    From: Chimezie

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The South African, Tshikosi and most Nigerians have made valid points. There is no smoke without fire. As a citizen living abroad, I have seen governments work. Nigerian situation baffles me. Just look all over the world you have Nigerians. This is the failure of leadership in the past,even in the present we have a lot of corruption. If you look at South Africa, Nigerians are in Real Estate and SMEs. If this spat continues, it may not be pretty OK. Please let us find a solution to this problem.

    From: Ifemelunwa

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • @ Tshikosi, you need to have your head checked. Your country is the most xenophobic i have ever seen. You employ very unfair trade practices to ensure Nigerian businesses most especially do not thrive in SA. What happened when THISDAY went into the South African market? The govt of SA got so scared they frustrated THISDAY out of that country. What concerns you if the FGN decides not to own an Airline? It is a purely strategic decision which ArikAir if fulfilling. In my opinion, the FGN should do a staff audit in MTN and DSTV and deport those half-baked, half-educated South African who populated those companies in the name of expatraite staff. MTN makes more money in Nigeria than they do in SA. DSTV charges the most subscription in Nigeria than in any other country on the continent. What are we talking about! We should recall our ambassador and send theirs packing too!! What rubbish. What effrontery. What nonsense.

    From: Angered Naijaman

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is coming very pretty late , but not withstanding is a good thing coming from Nigerian Govt at this point. I was a victim of this yellow card issue in 2009, they said they will not accept my yellow card paper, I paid $100USD to get vascinated at Tambo In't air port b/4 I could be allowed to enter the country.

    From: Tony

    Posted: 2 years ago

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