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Xenophobia: FG wants compensation for Nigerians – Dabiri-Erewa


Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa: saya FG seeking compensation for affected Nigerians in South Africa.

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, says the Federal Government is pressing for compensation for affected Nigerians in the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Dabiri-Erewa stated this at the maiden Diaspora Lecture of Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).

The lecture was entitled: “Role of Africans in Diaspora in the Transformation of a University of Technology.”

Dabiri–Erewa, who was represented by Mr Abdul-Rahman Balogun, her Special Assistant on Media, noted that the Nigerian government was also putting in place measures to ensure perpetrators were prosecuted and justice is given.

According to her, those that have been evacuated to Nigeria would be well taken care of.

Dabiri-Erewa also enjoined all state governments to create a Diaspora Desk, saying Nigeria has the highest diaspora potentials in Africa and the third in the world.

Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Otuoke, and guest lecturer at the occasion, said Nigerian universities of technology should ensure that they have foreign students’ enrolment through scholarship programme for them.

Aluko, also a Special Adviser and Director-General, Office of Transformation, Strategy and Delivery Office in Ekiti, urged universities to sustain regular academic calendar.

He also called for a conducive environment for learning in universities while parents should develop scientific mindset in their children.

“We need to start to develop scientific minds in all our children. We should not stop them from being inquisitive and they should walk in groups because nobody achieves anything individually.

” They should be given little problems to solve right from their primary school level,” he said.

In his remarks, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, the Vice-Chancellor of FUTA, said that Africa was blessed with great human and material resources.

Fuwape noted that Nigerians in particular had continued to contribute immensely to the global economy.

He promised that FUTA would give fresh impetus to collaboration between researchers in Nigeria and abroad to promote national development.

“This programme would assist us a great deal to identify gaps in transformation trajectory needed for Africa to take its pride of place in the comity of nations,” he added.

Dabiri-Erewa, Dr Mohammed Mustapha Lecky and Dr Babatope Agbeyo were given Goodwill Ambassador awards by FUTA management.


  1. Comment:why should they be compensated? did we ask them to go out there? what of us inside-us at home, have we be given a dime?
    it’s not fair

  2. Am with u Mrs dabiri, u have said well, it is left for our govt to do a proper follow up if they are willing, because our govt at times can be embarrassing in taking some special diplomatic actions wen time calls for it.

  3. Comment: Abike Dabiri is just speaking to make people believe in Buhari’s administration. I don’t believe anything coming out from these people serving under Buhari, they pay lips service, they don’t do anything. I know that Buhari and his govt will never fight for these our compatriots.

  4. It’s not even as if this compensation will reach anywhere for the Nigerians. The government will eat the money

  5. Comment: For a second I really can’t stand it hearing about this xenophobic of a thing. South Africa Government isn’t doing anything about it. infact, it seems their ministers are even fuelling the attack more. Nigerian government on the other hand are not doing much either. We appreciate for the fact that Nigerians are being brought back. but do South Africa look like a nation that would easily give up compensations like that?
    Ok let assumed they paid the money. Huge or little amount of money for instance. Are the government ready to be fair in allocation of the money to the affected people to better their worsen conditions? or are they just gonna turn out their wicked and selfish face as they enjoy the wine and throw us the bottle

  6. Honestly Nigeria should quit this crap compensation.
    They should seek ways of reinstating those who came back with nothing.
    And seek ways of bringing those who are stranded back safely.

  7. Comment:compensation doesn’t sound like what that south attackers government will give. cause there do not even show concern from the begining

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