A statement by Nigeria’s foreign ministry in Abuja said the jet is being provided by the country’s leading airline Airpeace.
According to the government statement
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform the general public that following the recent unfortunate xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Nigerians in South Africa, the Proprietor of Air Peace Airlines Chief Allen Onyema, has volunteered to send an aircraft from Friday 6th September 2019 to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria free of charge.
“The general public is hereby advised to inform their relatives in South Africa to take advantage of this laudable gesture. Interested Nigerians are therefore advised to liaise with the High Commission of Nigeria in Pretoria and the Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg for further necessary arrangement. “
On Wednesday Nigeria told its citizens to “avoid travelling to high risk and volatile areas [in South Africa] until the situation is brought under control”.
in a press release, the ministry of foreign affairs said it “wishes to assure the general public that the government is committed [to] protecting [the] lives and properties of Nigerians in South Africa”.
The statement also condemned the attacks on foreigners in South Africa over the past few days.
An assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari has also said that the country was officially boycotting the World Economic Forum which opened on Wednesday in Cape Town: