Barring any last minute change, no fewer than 84 out of the 640 Nigerians willing to leave South Africa are expected to get back to the country today at 2pm local time.
The information disclosed to journalists by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that they will come into Nigeria through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos together with the some of the ministry officials.
Earlier, this development made public by the Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa disclosed that about 640 Nigerians are willing to depart South Africa.
In a WhatsApp message, Dabiri-Erewa explained that the intending returnees would be evacuated from South Africa by Air Peace in two flight operations.
According to her, the evacuation is expected to commence from Wednesday (today).
It is to noted, the approval for the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians who are willing to return to Nigeria from South Africa was on Monday given by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President also ordered the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, to further engage the South African authorities on “appropriate measures” the latter will take to end the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
President Buhari arrived at the decision after he received the report of the special envoy he had sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa last week to register Nigeria’s concerns over the attacks.
In a statement issued by the presidency, the special envoy, and the Director-General (DG), National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai-Abubakar, had returned to Nigeria after the assignment and subsequently submitted his report to President Buhari.