SA residents send condolences to Nigeria

2015-01-17 13:20
Displaced Nigerians await answers at a meeting after a terror attack in Baga. (Olatunji Omirin, AFP)

Displaced Nigerians await answers at a meeting after a terror attack in Baga. (Olatunji Omirin, AFP)

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Johannesburg - A small group of Johannesburg residents gathered at the Nigerian consulate in Sandton on Saturday to send condolences to Nigeria following a string of attacks.

"We put up flowers outside the consulate on Rivonia Road and placed cards with messages on it," resident Wendy Landau said.

"We are standing in solidarity with Nigeria's people, and we are very concerned about what is happening there. We are in mourning with the people of Nigeria."

Various media agencies reported that Boko Haram launched a string of attacks in Baga on 3 JanuarY, killing about 2 000 people and resulting in thousands fleeing to neighbouring countries.

However, Nigeria's government said the death toll was no more than 150 people.

The German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported that Boko Haram wanted to create an Islamist state, and killed more than 3 000 people last year.

Landau said some Johannesburg residents had connected on Facebook and decided to come together.

"Many people in South Africa are anguished by last week's massacre in Baga," said Landau.

"The Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria has not opened a condolence book but many [of us] would like to make gestures to express our sorrow and solidarity with the people of Baga as well as the broader Nigerian people."

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