Mr Kingsley Ibokette, President associated with Akwa Ibom Indigenes Association in South Africa, has called on the Federal Government to assist Nigerians affected by xenophobia in order to re-settle.
Ibokette said in a statement e-mailed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from Pretoria, S. africa on Sunday that the particular attacks unsettled many Nigerians and other Africans.
He said that five members of the Akwa Ibom Indigenes Organization were badly hit by the attacks.
“They lost virtually everything they had. Their houses were torched, lost businesses and means of livelihood and some want to be able to go back home.
“We are in the process regarding registering them at the Nigerian Consulate for you to begin their journey home, ’’ he said.
According to Ibokette, typically the association has assisted this victims within its capacity.
“We appeal to the Akwa Ibom Government and often the Minister involving Niger Delta Affairs to help assist Akwa Ibom indigenes affected simply by the assaults.
“We have done your much we can to assist our people, but we believe that there is need for more assistance, ’’ this individual said, adding that the victims needed the exact assistance urgently.
The association’s president commended Mr Allen Onyema, the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace Airline for evacuating Nigerians through South Africa free of charge.
“Onyema`s gesture gave Nigerians within Newcastle, south africa prestige and sense of belonging and I appeal to other Nigerians to assist returnees towards resettle.
Ibokette said that one way of checking xenophobia is to tackle poverty and create jobs for the people.
He said that will there were many Nigerians doing well and contributing positively to the very South African economy along with other sectors.