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AFCON: Amid fear of possible xenophobic attacks, FG issues advisory to Nigerians in South Africa

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AFCON: Amid fear of possible xenophobic attacks, FG issues advisory to Nigerians in South Africa

Amid fear of xenophobic attacks, the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa has advised Nigerians against wide celebration in the event that the Super Eagles defeat Bafana Bafana in Africa Nations Cup semifinal on Wednesday.

The Super Eagles will on Wednesday in BouakéI, vory Coast, clash with South Africa for a place in the final of the 2023 AFCON.

Ahead of the clash, many Nigerians have expressed worry about possible xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, should the Eagles beat the Bafana Bafana. Nigerians have in the past faced xenophobic attacks in the country.

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Amid the concerns, Nigeria’s High Commission in South Africa has issued a warning to Nigerians in the country.

In an advisory, the high commission said: “The attention of the Nigeria High Commission Pretoria has been drawn to potentially inflammatory online comments made by a section of South African citizens against Nigerians living in host country, largely influenced by the upcoming 2024 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final match between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana on Wednesday 7th February 2024.

“Most of the comments consist of veiled threats against ‘Nigerians cooking jollof rice’ before the match, and ‘showing pepper to Nigerians if the Bafana Bafana lose to Super Eagles’, among others.

“In this regard, the High Commission hereby advises the Nigerian community to be watchful of their utterances, be mindful of where they choose to watch the match especially in public places, and refrain from engaging in loud, riotous or provocative celebrations should the Super Eagles win the match.

“Additionally, Nigerians should maintain the good conduct they are known for, and be law abiding before, during and after the match. Should any provocations arise, they should not be reciprocated but reported to the appropriate authorities.”

 

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