Nigeria lashes out at SA 'xenophobia'

2012-03-07 08:12

Abuja - Nigeria lashed out at South Africa on Tuesday, accusing its authorities of targeting Nigerians and alleging "xenophobia" after 125 of its travellers were refused entry over vaccination cards.

Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru said Nigeria would respond to any further action after South Africa on Friday refused entry to Nigerians on suspicions that their yellow fever vaccination cards were fake.

Sales of fake vaccination cards are common at Nigerian borders.

Retaliatory move

South Africa's ambassador was summoned to the Nigerian foreign ministry on Monday, and 28 South Africans were refused entry into Nigeria the same day in an apparent retaliatory move.

Nigerian airline Arik Air also suspended its Lagos-Johannesburg flight for a day in protest.

Ashiru said that, despite "cordial" relations at the leadership level of the two continental powerhouses, immigration authorities and police in South Africa were "fuelling the irritation between our two countries".

"And what you saw played out last week is exactly what I have in mind - that the officials in the immigration department are always unfriendly towards Nigerian travellers, and I say that boldly," Ashiru, a former ambassador to South Africa, told a committee of lawmakers.

"Also the police, they randomly, without any reason, go on a rampage and arrest Nigerians indiscriminately and lock them up. What you see playing out is what we call xenophobia by South Africans against all Africans - not just Nigerians, including even those from their neighbouring countries."


South Africans have in the past vented their anger on foreigners, mostly Zimbabweans, Mozambicans, Nigerians and Somalis, accusing them of taking their jobs and committing crimes.

Xenophobic attacks in May 2008 left 62 people dead and caused thousands to flee their homes.

Ashiru pledged an "appropriate reaction" to any further such moves to refuse entry to Nigerians and sent a signal to South African companies.

"They should not take the friendly business environment we have in Nigeria, whereby companies including South African companies are making more profit in Nigeria than in South Africa, for granted," he said.

South Africa's embassy in Nigeria declined to comment.

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  • balimi1 - 2012-03-07 10:42

    •Deported Nigerians didn’t carry fake Yellow Cards,The end is not in sight in the diplomatic row between Nigeria and South Africa, which deported 125 Nigerians last week Nigerians have urged the Federal Government to end South Africa’s alleged unfair treatment of its citizens. Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu said it was wrong of South Africa to have deported the Nigerians on the excuse that they carried fake yellow fever vaccination cards. Chukwu said the deported Nigerians did not carry fake yellow card, urging the country to stop politicising health issues. The minister, at a news conference, yesterday said none of those deported held fake yellow cards. According to him, the Port Health Services under the supervision of his Ministry vaccinate and issue the Yellow Fever cards to travelers at the airports, sea ports and land borders in Nigeria, while Health officials do the same in the states and LGAs. He said Nigeria is not at risk of Yellow fever because the last confirmed case of Yellow fever in Nigeria was in 1995. He said: "So far, no country, no individual, no group has made any report to the Ministry on the possession of fake Yellow Card by an individual. If there are such cases, the Ministry would like to have reports for necessary investigation. "Therefore, it is curious that a country that had issued entry visas to intending travellers which issuance was predicated on the presentation of a valid Yellow Card, will then turn around to deport those travellers

      Bibi - 2012-03-07 13:12

      @balimi1: you do not have to present your yellow card to apply for a visa.

      Hugh - 2012-03-08 10:30

      @Bibi, at every airport, you can get the necessary injections, and be granted access. Even in Lagos. They dont send you back. This is politics because Goodluck Johnathan didn't vote for Zuma as chair person for the AU. Patti politics.

  • Oke - 2012-03-07 10:45

    I only noticed this blog because of the title and wanted to see the comments. as expected they are vitriolic and mostly ignorant. I would not step foot on South Africa if I was paid to. The murder rate, rape, car jacking, the phenomenal crime rate. I'm sitting in my air conditioned office in Nigeria making a very comfortable living honestly as is virtually all my friends, relations and colleagues. I've never done drugs, slept a prostitute or been involved in a scam as is ally my friends, relations and colleagues. Maybe South Africa, because of its toxic crime ridden nature, attracts the worse sort of Nigerians, but I believe South Africans are are the cause of all their problems, otherwise we would have the same sort of murder rate, rape HIV infection and drug use here in Nigeria. The fact that we do not answers it all.

      Ofentse - 2012-03-07 13:17

      please... oke shut up u moron, in Nigeria the is no accountability for anything, Nigeria has no standards, at this moment murder is rife in Nigeria, kidnappings and killing of innocent people, you Nigerians live like u are holier than thou yet you are the most corrupt, hungry and destitute nation in Africa after Ethiopia, you want to sing gospel of HIV infection & rape in S.A let me educate you idiot at least in S.A we have Accounted Stats, something we cant say about your beloved Nigeria I worked on a project in Nigeria for Apollo Clinic in yenegoa Bayelsa state , 7-10 woman were rape victims but were too afraid to report it to the officials and the HIV infection rate in Nigeria is alarming i think you should go check yourself if you not dying already right now.

      lebogang.molefo - 2012-03-07 13:26

      then don't come dude

      Johan - 2012-03-08 15:34

      Please stay where you are.

  • Agba-Akin - 2012-03-07 10:46

    Also, everyone talking about Nigerian's should read the news first, this people were not deported for Drugs or for Scam . The South African immigration said the people had fake Yellow fever Card.. Which the Federal Goverment of Nigeria said it wasn't through as South Africa Embassy will not issue VISA without same card, which means, same card was provided to the SA Embassy before issuing them a VISA... So think about it and understand... Am sure the white guys are only interested in the DRUG topics....Hahahahahaha

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 11:39

      @ Agba you mention air conditioned office as if it's the be all that ends all,maybe there but here it's a given.

      Wisdom - 2012-03-07 12:09

      white guys are interested in drug because the are the highest buyers, and they cant do without it and they even buy credit

      Shanelle - 2012-03-07 14:41

      Wisdom - And you know this because?.... #just asking#

      Refiloe Thelma Shikwambana - 2012-03-07 14:44

      we cnt read. shame at least we dnt go around killing our brothers and sisters jst becouse they are Christiens.

      Steve - 2012-03-09 03:08

      @ Refiloe, at least they don't go around hunting foreigners in Lagos

  • Dean - 2012-03-07 10:48

    @Mr.Fibre. Nigerians are all a bunch of criminals,please name one honest Nigerian in SA. SA refuse entry to 125 equals to the 28 South Africans. You guys are really desperate to come to this HIV and crime ridden country.

      Wisdom - 2012-03-07 12:11

      i don't where u come from but make sure u don't have to go out south Africa one, because u don't even have future that is why u are calling follow Africa brothers criminals

      Refiloe Thelma Shikwambana - 2012-03-07 14:41

      at Wisdom. they are Criminals i lst a friend becouse of a nigerian so do u thnk i shld be sad becouse They gt turnd away no gud riddens to junk.

      Ross - 2012-03-07 22:34

      Dude please. The Nigerian middle class numbers 40 million, almost the size of your entire population. This is why you have nearly 400 South African companies in Nigeria with more begging to come in. Be careful what you say here, because if we really clamp down on then it could lead to mass unemployment in your country.

      Johan - 2012-03-08 15:36

      Please Ross. What they call "middle class" in Nigeria is what we call lower class here.

      Tugwana - 2012-03-08 17:13

      @Ross,,,,are you a cult member too, money making ritual I suppose or something else. Such evil thoughts. Our SA bros & sisters over there are seriously unsafe with you all there. Let them deport them back home huh!

      Steve - 2012-03-09 03:12

      @ Johan how did you work that one out, nigerian middle classes do not live in squatter camps

  • balimi1 - 2012-03-07 10:57

    "The ill- treatment of Nigerians by South African Immigration is to say the least unfortunate. They should remember that Nigeria fought tenaciously against the apartheid regime and spent so much money for that purpose. The legendary icon Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu can justify this. Let South Africa know that to whom much is given much is expected."

      Mohsin - 2012-03-07 11:01


      Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-03-07 11:09

      So, that makes everything okay then?!

      Warren Mudge - 2012-03-07 11:09

      So now, no matter what, we should just allow your citizens in, no questions asked? rules still apply. Watch a program on DSTV called the border and then you will see how foreigners are lawfully treated. you cannot just waltz in here like it is your right to do so. History is not your visa or entry requirement guarantee.

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 11:42

      @ Balimi sorry dude but you guys really didnt contribute that much to our struggle,talk about moz,Zim and Angola those guys truly came to the party and astill that does not give them the right to come here in their millions and run ammock.

      balimi1 - 2012-03-07 12:20

      @elle please ask your father for good history not the one you re told. Ask those that secure their education in Nigerian they will give you the good story. All other history story are edited. Read Wikipedia for more details and you find out how Nigerian helped your so called country.

      balimi1 - 2012-03-07 12:22

      If you think we don't contribute to your country then wait till your so called business men are calling on your govment to review the diplomatic relations with Nigerian to solve the issue at hand. We have 300 Southy company in Nigerian making good money only few Nigerian business are allowed here in SA with condition

      justin.pretorius - 2012-03-07 12:43

      Just because Nigeria helped the ANC does not mean that every Nigerian can come to SA and commit criminal acts. It is not right to go to any country and commit crimes there. The majority of Nigerians are good people but we only hear and see the criminals in our neightbourhoods from Nigeria. Nigerians have stereotyped themselves across the world not by the doing of others but by their own actions. South Africans are also seen a drugmules around the world. Do I see a problem with this when they are caught? NO! Every border agency has the duty to protect the border! If the documents were fake or perceived to be fake, they have the right to revoke entry. It is like this anywhere in the world.

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 13:03

      @ Balimi your contribution was not really that much, it was there but it wasnt enough to buy you a ticket to come in and do what you like.Let me ask you this ,if I save you from drowning do I then have the right to come into your life and destroy it?

      Bibi - 2012-03-07 13:14

      BALIMI: this issue has sweet f all to do with the struggle, Mbeki, mandela, tutu or apartheid. SA does not have to let any nationality through its ports without legal documents - in this case yellow cards. Even South Africans without the cards will be sent straight to the airport clinic for an injection. THAT IS INTERNATIONAL LAW.

      Bibi - 2012-03-07 13:17

      @BALIMI - we all know history, but Wikipedia is hardly a good source and does not really hold any water amongst true historians, scientists etc. We know about all that, but at least use another source.

  • Zik - 2012-03-07 11:06

    Inferiority complex at its best.... A Black American is good enough but your neighbour is an Alien. People who dont travel are stuck in their own 'small farm mentality"

      Steve - 2012-03-09 03:17

      Couldn't have put it any better. The attitude of black Saffas to wards other africans is baffling. They'll welcome umlungu with open arms, who will abuse, denigrate, exploit and treat them like excrement than smile at another african. But then again human behaviour has shown over time that victims of abuse later become perpetrators themselves.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-03-07 11:06

    We only allow foreign nationals that believe rhino horn is a cure for impotence

  • Marion - 2012-03-07 11:14

    @Mr.Fibre - For your information I live in Malvern in Johannesburg and it is overflowing with foreigners of all nationalities. There are Congolese, Zimbabweans, Nigerians, Pakistanis etc., all within 100m of my house. South Kensington in Johannesburg is crawling with aforementioned foreigners including Ethiopians,Moroccans, Lebanese, Chinese. When you meet someone in this section of Johannesburg it is bloody newsworthy when they turn out to be South African. And Elle-Black is right, and all those I meet are engaged in some form of illegal activity - normally disguised as respectable employment.

      Steve - 2012-03-09 03:23

      @ Marion if you have evidence that they run illegal businesses then be a spot, be a good citizen and report them to the police ...... oops the police are corrupt they'd probably ask for a bribe and let them off. Police must be run by foreigners. Your ancestors are immigrants who were opportunistic, greeedy, killing machines who stole khoi khoi land, to farm and mine

  • Akinade - 2012-03-07 11:24

    I am a Nigerian and I have patiently read everyone's comments here. While it is true that many Nigeria does not have good reputation abroad and even at home, it is also true that many Nigerians are doing good businesses, contributing to the economic growth of their country and other countries where they set their foots on. It pains the soul, it bleeds the heart to read of comments , negative comments about one's country most especially from one's brothers and sisters. Yes, most of you South Africans are correct that some Nigerians are criminals, drug dealers and looking for greener pastures. but of course most of you are wrong in concluding that 99% or all Nigerians are like this. I currently live in the Slovak Republic where I work as a UVN Implementation Manager with AT&T. One of the persons heading this company in Bratislava is a Nigerian even though there are many Slovaks and Americans here. We are great people, great nation and even we have good people among us. I will not say anything negative about South Africans as I consider them my brothers especially when we meet abroad. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Long live the Republic of South Africa and Peace to the world.

      blaqmonk - 2012-03-07 12:19

      PEace to the world, the 99% annotation is just an exeggaration but most Nigerians we have encountered here have been up to no good that's why the stereotypes are vast.

      Shanelle - 2012-03-07 14:23

      Long Live - Just please let more good Nigerians come along and take back the criminals.

      Johan - 2012-03-08 15:40

      I agree with Shanelle. Take back the scum and send over those qualified professionals. We need skills, not druglords.

  • Jones Macdonald - 2012-03-07 11:26

    @melina nigerians don't still cars so pls get your fact right.

  • Chris - 2012-03-07 11:35

    Well now, let the games begin!!!! Cape town, southern most province of Nigeria....

  • balimi1 - 2012-03-07 11:39

    The news is on deportees not crimes..... Why the so called S/African comin up with an issue of crimes? Cuz my Nigerian brother are making it far better than your people ? Just off recent am start my own business in South African in the past few weeks I have being receive email from the so called South African citizen asking me to deregister my company cuz he notices am a Nigerian and I got good business idea than his so called clients. I registered my company with Cipro lawfully

      blaqmonk - 2012-03-07 12:16

      No, we only have problems with Nigerians who are commiting crimes here, which is a lot of Nigerians, not the hard-working folk like you, Keep up the good-work. But if u know any Nigerians in Hillbrow, Yeoville or Sunnyside pls tell them "drugs are bad", mhkay? and Car theft's bad and all crime's bad, except prostitution, unless if the prostitute was forced into it, mhkay? #iThankYou

  • Ludwig - 2012-03-07 11:42

    So was their yellow fever vaccination cards fake or not!!!!???? If yes send them back and never give them visas.

      blaqmonk - 2012-03-07 12:14

      Government says the batch numbers were irregular so i figure they were fake, i would also conclude that they fake if i was government. Nigerians are cry babies.

      Chima - 2012-03-07 12:25

      Isnt it the job of your dull headed consular officials here in naija to determine that b4 issuing them visas? How come it is inside your country that they suddenly realised its fake.

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 14:37

      @ Balimi I salute you and am proud to be called an African when I encounter people such as yourself who have legitimate businesses, please spread the word to the other and tell them that one can get rich in a honest manner.

  • Chris - 2012-03-07 11:43

    I reckon the South African government have spat the Dummy on this one, because the Nigerians thought up the fake vaccination cards before them!!

  • balimi1 - 2012-03-07 11:52

    South african compnay they are making more profit in Nigeria than in South Africa and yet they take our own generosity for granted. Some of them bring in half-baked graduates to come and take the position of our own citizens in Nigerian.they will come in as visitors only to put them in management positions in some of their companies.Nigeria will react in a mature and calculated way to this assault on our people. I call it assault on our people. We will not allow it to go without it being reciprocated. We are going to do it in a calculated way to target and deliberately show that we mean business and that when you ill-treat Nigerians we will hit back at you.Even if you forget your card, they will quarantine you, give you an injection and they will ask you to go in not to deport you. That is why I personally, am totally shocked at the behaviour of the South African government.”

      blaqmonk - 2012-03-07 12:12

      its not generosity when u pay company taxes dumbnut, which is not the same i can say for most Nigerians operating businesses this side, only a few percentage of them work within the sytem

      balimi1 - 2012-03-07 12:27

      Your country men are running business in my country without paying tax dig that. We pay tax here even buy any thing from the shops I pay my company tax as well in time so seek for information before you reply

      Bibi - 2012-03-07 13:27

      Balimi1: BOLLOCKS they all pay tax to the government and lots of seperate other 'taxes' to heads of states etc. I've lived there - that is the truth and my husband travels there a lot. specifically to look after the finances of the company he works for.

      Hugh - 2012-03-08 10:48

      balimi, we SA's do pay tax in Nigeria, and as for the half baked grads...remember some on this forum have or do live there. The standards are not the greatest, and if your honest, you'll agree. However I have great friends there and the comments on this forum are mostly from people who have only been exposed the the criminal eliments, not the average Joe.

  • Fiona - 2012-03-07 11:59

    You know what I work with and for Nigerians - spare a thought for the honest Nigerian people and there are plenty. So many of you are so misled, there are many honest and true Nigerians who are legitimate business men in South Africa, they are courteous, well educated and sympathetic and they look after their own - something South Africans should learn to do more often. The most populated country in AFrica 120 million people in Nigeria; seriously not all can be drug dealers, scam artists and run prostitution rings. The way in which these people were treated on arrival into South Africa was like a cattle rustle...all that was missing was the Tazer Prod. No human should be treated in this manner. Yes by all means ensure that documentation is true and correct but exercise a little professionalism - stop stereotyping Nigerians, This action was a direct attack on the Nigerian nation. Treat others as we wish to be treated. How about if the Nigerian Government round up all the South AFricans that are living and working in Nigeria not contributing towards the country and earning tax free dollars, shove them all into a cell for the night and deport them the next day....?? How would that go down...?

      blaqmonk - 2012-03-07 12:11

      They would all come back home to South Africa and how about we return the favor and rid South Africa of all the Nigerians in South Africa? The ones doing organised crime, prostitution rings, drug syndicates, human trafficking, hijacking rings and the like? The reason people are speaking as they are is because they have been exposed to the bad 'crop' of the Nigerian nation more than the good 'crop'. Had an ear infection last year and went into a private practice that was closest, I knew more than the guy knew about medicine and i'm an IT person, i left and called authorities on him, few weeks later the practise was shut, frauds most of them, not all of them though

      Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-03-07 12:24

      Where do you think we're getting this info from?! We didn't suck it from our thumbs. This is not hearsay. I have had 1st hand experience with them!

      hmaliyu - 2012-03-08 12:06

      Fiona, I wish all could reason like you. A situation like this could have been easily resolved by vaccinating them at the airport. To bundle them like that was very inhuman. When i travel 6 hours by air, all i look forward to is resting my tired bones in the nearest hotel!

  • Silas - 2012-03-07 12:02

    Mr Fibre we don't need you in this Country,South Africa is open to their affairs, No African country can talk the truth about Aids only South Africa,The very corrupt Nigerians, worlwide there is Nigerian prisoner in each Jail,You been corrupt before you known to earth so, please leave our Country alone, There is no real racist in South Africa, we are been invaded, the same Nigerian's Minister feel very hurt because they know we can without them.

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 12:33

      @ Silas another thing about this HIV debate is that plenty of people from neigghbouring countries come here already infect to seek treatment that they cannot get in their countriesand guess what when the stats are done they are counted as part of SA stats,they are not excluded.

  • ibibia - 2012-03-07 12:04

    i am nigerian and attended a high profile federal nigerian college in de north of my country way back in 1988 - 1993, and i noticed some south african youths who were studying alongside us as guests of de nigerian govt. i'll name some of them - andile mabona, simon mkhwanazi, philemon haikali etc some of them got scholarships frm our govt to study even to university level. the reason was as a result of oppression frm de white minority govt. it beats me why south africans look at other africans wif so much disdain nd disregard, even up to de point of physically attacking them. its so sad. i've read de comments posted here nd its filled wif so much bile nd hate for pple who are supposed to be brothers. whites from eastern europe who are also involved in crime are not even derided in this manner. there is no denying de fact dat we also have problems in our country, but it isn't limited to us alone. we are still growing very fast in our economic nd political spheres

      Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-03-07 12:18

      They were there to study, thank you! They were not trafficking drugs, committing fraud or pimping under-aged girls. There are many other nationalities here who study

      nedum.aforonwa - 2012-03-07 12:29

      Thank you. I also attended a Federal Government College in the early 90's and remember the courtesies extended to the many SA students on scholarship of the Nigerian government. In fact, special meals were prepared for them the days we had meals too foreign for their taste buds. Laila Hamgola was a good friend of mine. On February 11 1990 when Mandela was released from prison there was so much rejoicing in the streets I ran all the way home and inscribed it on my wall - the only I ever did as my parents strictly forbade writing on the walls. In this particular insyance, they admired this scrawling and commended me. News about the level of xenophobia in SA have always been heartbreaking and unthinkable. Many of the comments here show that a majority of the nationals need to be more open minded.

      balimi1 - 2012-03-07 12:31

      At Yolande you need to learn and travel out of your country to find out that. Do you know this people personal ? Do you knw the crime or deal they re in to at e moment. What of the south African tout drag phones breaking our car stealing car radios and d rest in the car is hat not a crime ?

      Bibi - 2012-03-07 13:30

      Sorry, but what does this have to do with FAKE yellow cards? Your government will not let anybody throught their ports with fake documents. And we also do not like the criminal Eastern Europeans - read up on how many of tghem are involved in court cases right now.

      Tugwana - 2012-03-11 05:21

      @nedum.aforonwa, as a S.African, i take my hat-off for u.

  • Silas - 2012-03-07 12:07

    Please people how racism comes into this.South Africans must protect this country te way is suitable for them,Real South African of any colour need Nigerians to be controlled in this Country, they are so corrupt that some times I ask myself if really is any person in Nigeria who is honest

      chux.edward - 2012-03-07 21:50

      thats just stupid... is every one in SA HIV +ive?

      Johan - 2012-03-08 15:48

      No chux. We have reliable statistics on our HIV infected. I think you have a troublesome HIV figure there as well, but no one is brave enough to give the real statistics!

  • emma.oga - 2012-03-07 12:08

    The South African tragedy is only but a reminder of the disaster that arises when a lot of money is thrown at people who have only recently been liberated from Apartheid/slavery, poverty/deprivation and disease...oh wait! you still have DISEASE!

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 12:37

      @ Emma why does it bother you? I said this before we have our own issues let US deal with them.

  • Michael - 2012-03-07 12:08

    Yes good keep the Nigerians out of South Africa! Less Nigerians = less crime!

      Chima - 2012-03-07 12:35

      why do we have even less crime here in naija where almost everyone is nigerian. Is there something about your society that attracts and magnify crimes that you guys are not telling us?

      chux.edward - 2012-03-07 20:31

      @chima... help me ask them oh... all these SA guys r thieves, then they blame it on Nigerias cos they dont have the ballz to face the law

      Obafemi Harrison - 2012-03-07 23:28

      @Chima exactly. These tools don't have a clue do they? Picture this: SAns want drugs Nigerians supply drugs even though Nigerians don't take drugs; SAns want punny Nigerians supply punny so what's the fuss about? Have these Southies ever wondered why there are more drug addicts in SA than Nigeria despite the population disparity? Get over yourselves SAns Nigeria(ns) is/are not your problem.

  • Nomakhwezi Ngoma - 2012-03-07 12:09

    why is nigeria playing the xenophobic card? point is there had been fake cards from nigerian travellers, thrust is broken, this is something that has been going on..their being turned away is justified. nigerian gov retaliatory move is so childish. the only nigerians' comments i would take seriously are from naijas living in SA or had at some point lived here. nigerians in nigeria have no idea how nigerian south africans are.

      Olukosi - 2012-03-07 12:48

      I will strongly advise that south africans rid themselves of the disease of XENOPHOBIA ( Religion and even morality does'nt approve of it ) . Contrary to the beleif of most south africans no nation is a safe haven . Nations thrive on interdependency . I find some of the comments here ( mostly by south africans ) heart wrenching . It amazes me how quickly the south Africans seem to have forgotten the role Nigeria played in their emancipation . Considering the blatant disregard of diplomatic procedure by the South African government , I commend the reaction of the Nigerian government. South Africans should remember that they have DSTV , MTN etc here and they are all making profits more than they are making in south africa and other african countries put together . They should also remember that these businesses are thriving only because the environment is conducive ( this is aside the fact that there are a number of south african nationals living here in Nigeria ). There is nothing like loving ones brother as ones self . I urge the two countries to find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis .

      Niyi - 2012-03-07 20:29

      @Nomakhwezi- and how do you know the cards issued were fake?were the not the same tendered for visa application before the visa were issued.Suddenly the yellow cards became fake at the point of entry for all 125 visitors *scoffs*.

      chux.edward - 2012-03-07 21:58

      @Ngoma... u got it wrong. ur dumb ass consulate in Nigeria issued visas to the so called fake yellow card holders. And frankly speaking... starving a nigerian woman and child for 24 hours by ur xenophobic officials can not be over looked. Nigerian government can cause so much hardship on SA as a nation if a public appology is not given... and ur government knows that.. thats why they aint saying sh*t.

      Hugh - 2012-03-08 10:58

      I'll say it again, its the ANC retaliation on Nigeria because Goodluck Jonathan didnt endorse Dr Zuma as Chair for the AU. Simple fact. The Yellow cards weren't fake, and even if they were, they could have got their inoculation at the airport and granted entry, which is the norm.

  • Lebogang - 2012-03-07 12:11

    In my opinion this threads exposes Africa's ignorance of itself. Travel explore Africa's different cultures and peoples. What you will realise is that every person is an individual who seldom fits the stereotype. FACT: Rules are rules, no roundabouts. The honourable minister should investigate the claims before making childish comments.

      Chima - 2012-03-07 12:30

      It has been investigated and your people was found to be the ones behaving immaturely!

      chux.edward - 2012-03-07 20:37

      why is ur Government saying nothing about it if they are in order?

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-03-07 12:21

    If they are fake, then they are fake! Nigeria needs to make the changes not SA!

      balimi1 - 2012-03-07 12:36

      Can you proof it's fake ? If it's fake why do your country issue them visa? Why your port department vaccinate them ? And ask to pay the vaccination? I think SA is playing with fire cuz this needs to be taken to world court for them to poof the card was fake

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 14:42

      @ Balimi world court? LMAO you are so emotinal right now that you sound rather comical.

  • Wisdom - 2012-03-07 12:26

    People are talking about drug, fake papers, fake result, all this things is common everywhere in the world, must south Africa print there qualification on the internet, so we should just stop disturbing ourselves about all this story. The problem is that our black brother hates each other; even in Nigeria airport if u are traveling they will think u are going to make millions out there. Like wise in South African airport. Is just in the nature must of our brother to cheat. Life is a choice some people chose to leave the way they like. Let us be friendly and love each other.

      Ishmael Valoyi - 2012-03-07 13:48

      You can leave the way you like when in your home, not someone else home, how can you love someone who is destroying your home. Every country have laws governing wonder nigeria got so fu**ked up coz everyone do as they law and order, as for certificates printing, you should know better yourself that it is being done by your people, and they are selling those certificate to locals. If only our government can deport all foreign nationals who add no value to our economy\r\n But cause all this problems..all this problems you are talking about will vanish..period.

      ihekwoabatony.saso - 2012-03-07 17:51

      @Wisdon, You don't need to argue with illitrates, They are newly librated from their Dark Days, But all we have to tell them is to watch their back because White folks are waiting patiently to grab the opportunity so that they will be back to where ther belong, then they will cry but No one will hear their Cry, They claim to own SA but white control the economy of the country while they still work under the white like slaves... Nigerians still Far richer than Black South Africans... Proudly Nigerians... hater go and hug Electric Transformer and die.

  • Wisdom - 2012-03-07 12:39

    The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has declared that none of the Nigerians deported from South Africa last week was in possession of a fake Yellow Fever card. South Africa at the weekend deported 125 Nigerians as they landed in the country based on allegation that they were in possession of fake yellow fever cards. Addressing a press conference on the issue in Abuja on Tuesday, the minister maintained that the ministry does not have any reported case of fake yellow fever cards before it from any individual in the country.

      Johan - 2012-03-08 15:51

      And we should believe the minister, why?

  • Wisdom - 2012-03-07 12:40

    According to him, the Port Health Services under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Health vaccinated and issued the yellow fever cards to travelers at the airports, sea ports and land borders in Nigeria, while health officials do the same in the states and LGAs. Stressing that Nigeria is not at risk of Yellow fever, he said that the last confirmed case of Yellow fever in the country was recorded in 1995. He said: “So far, no country, no individual, no group has made any report to the ministry on the possession of fake yellow fever card by an individual. If there are such cases, the ministry would like to have reports for necessary investigation.” “Therefore it is curious that a country that had issued entry visas to intending travelers, which issuance was predicated on the presentation of a valid yellow fever cards, will then turn around to deport those travelers. If these travelers had fake Yellow fever cards, how did they come about valid visas,” he queried. Culled: The Nation

  • Nomfezeko - 2012-03-07 12:48

    "The word Nigerian? Mhhhhhh..... all i know is that they are associated with crime and drugs ever since i heard of them. Now we are even scared to have close contact with them cause they are dangerous. So sad that the ones i know are making an honest living and educated, and they will also be associated with their fellow brothers and sisters. All aroung the world, Nigerians are not wanted, i wonder why.

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 12:56

      @ Nomfezeko please say it again "ÁLL AROUND THE WORLD".

      Jerry - 2012-03-07 13:17

      nomfezko, u are a smart fellow, like it is said by the elders evil attracts evil and good attracts good, what ever the SA are going through, they are purely behind it, more-over when you can not take responsibility of your own mistake and try to blame it on others do the maths your self

      chux.edward - 2012-03-07 20:42

      the words South African, associated with the words HIV, Prostitutes and Xenophobia... if u doubt... Google it

      chux.edward - 2012-03-07 20:44

      you all r gonna die of aids soon....hahahhahahaahhahaha

  • Oke - 2012-03-07 13:04

    From the comments on this blog I would be tempted to say all South Africans are foolishly ignorant but that would be generalising, instead I will say most of the South Africans commenting on this post are foolishly ignorant. I am a Nigerian and I will not even think of traveling near South Africa because of the crime and HIV. Enjoy a far better, healthier life here. There are South Africans living near my area and I will ensure I let them know how I feel.

      Shanelle - 2012-03-07 14:30

      Thank you.

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 14:45

      Thanks Oke dont come,as much as we value your presence here in Mzansi we will try to get by without you.

      Johan - 2012-03-08 15:53

      I salute your decision to remain in 9ja. Please spread the word to your fellow 9ja's in South Africa so that they can go back home.

  • arotiba.gbenga - 2012-03-07 13:14

    I've spent over an hour reading comments, and all I can say or do it to pray for Africa.The 2 giants of Africa leading Africa in such a manner is shame. I've lived in both countries and I can tell you i've met good pple in SA without such mentality, although I've seen the hatred too.For Nigeria, all I can hope for is to see her back to glory and corruption be tackled. there is no doubt that Nigeria is a great country with great and friendly pple.that some pple are bad ambassadors will never make me conclude that a whole nation is bad. I advise all to live by God's principle Love your neighbors(not saying u should accept crime)but please for God sake lets move Africa forward and be good examples. uninformed citizens will be misinformed by reading this comments. let peace reign. there is a lot to say but it does not matter now. Just try and live with love, its not easy I know but try, it will make Africa better.

  • ibibia - 2012-03-07 13:16

    when i was in secondary school, there was written at the top of each class board, the words - APARTHEID IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY - and we kids from our first day in school imbibed it into our very being. It was de extent of solidarity that our government wanted us to have wif our south african 'brothers', unfortunately these people know nothing other than hate. Its no wonder that de commanding heights of de SA economy is still controlled by whites who numebr less than 15% of the entire popn. We may be anything u guys choose to call us, but we created the richest black man in history - Aliko Dangote - who is into very legit business, nd there are lots of enterprising nigerians like him both within nd without. We come to ur country just like MTN, Nampak, DSTv, Stanbic etc is in our country, just to earn a living,. We are not there bcos we enjoy to look at de edifices de whites built in ur country.

      Dean - 2012-03-07 14:51

      You come to our country to look for job. We send company to give you job.

      Chijioke - 2012-03-07 19:55

      do u kw that even the white south africans do not believe that black south africans are legitimate citizens of SA, they say everybody is a settler by DNA proofs, a modern black south African is either 4rm ZIM. or else where. another thing is that, the modern south African is still administered by the ancient white ideology, ask black SA what they can boast about as proudly south African, already built few cities by Europeans? even the houses their past and present leaders are living in are old white people's houses unlike in Nigeria where people own their lands and properties, virtually everything in Nigeria is for Nigerians even the whites that work their are subject to the Nigerian, we built and are still building our country where the goods are done by Nigerians and the bads are also done by Nigerian, Nigerians are empowered from grass root, we kw no segregation, Africa copy this.

      ripiye - 2012-03-07 22:02

      I remember those writings on each class board. We contributed our pocket money towards the apartheid struggle, we had rag days when we dress up and ask for donations, some were for our SA brothers. Our unity schools took students from southern africa (we didnt have SA students in my school but Namibians). Phew, those were the days we were PROUD AFRICANS. I wish we Nigeria and SA could collaborate and rid Africa of her ills instead of fighting. Divided, we will fail.

  • Ikenna - 2012-03-07 13:18

    Am Nigerian and proud to be one. Its really sad having read though the above posts to see the vitriol and bile-laden bashing of Nigerians by SA. I would want to remind all SA that stereotyping does not lead us anywhere.Not all Nigerians are drug peddlers and crime-lords. There are millions of Nigerians making a honest leaving out here that would never step their feet in SA even for free. We both need to act maturely and solve this diplomatic row. As it stands, both countries stand to lose it these lingers. Nigeria is the biggest market in Africa and we are high consumers of SA goods and services. There are business savy Nigerian 'Big men' waiting patiently to over-take MTN, Shoprite and about 300 oil servicing companies doing business in our country once this diplomatic row leads to a breaking point.

      Johan - 2012-03-08 15:56

      Just go read the comments about South Africans on your local newspapers. is a very intersting site. So stop pointing fingers on a South African site, if your own people are trashing South Africans on your own local newsites.

  • Nyaziwe - 2012-03-07 13:21

    Ahh Druglords,fraud and prostitution is associated with word why not suspect anyone from that country...nxi

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-03-07 13:26

    Scenario: Nigerian man enters South Africa today. Next week he has a house, in a month he has a very expensive car. In 6 months he lives at Houghton Estate, driving the latest Mercedes Benz...... Now tell me, how did he do that with a legal job?

      Ikenna - 2012-03-07 13:55

      I can see the root of all these xenophobia. ENVY!!!. Mind you, we Nigerians are our 'brothers keepers' We help ourselves especially when confronted with challenges in a foriegn country. I still maintain there are millions of Nigerians making honest living out there. We are a people destined to succeed. Just wait and see the outcome of nigeria after the on-going process of economic and political re-structuring. We are survivors. take it or leave it!!!!!

      lebogang.molefo - 2012-03-07 14:06

      its not envy, we just being cautious.... wouldn't you b cautious if thousands of South African's came flooding to your country, in a few months time they are richer than most of your countrymen while you drown in poverty?

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 14:51

      @ ikenna you are missing the point here envy has nothing to do with it, I have Angolans friends living here in SA believe me none of them are even close to poor,they have more money than i do and I am proud of them.They own legitimate businesses or do legitimate jobs. The problem comes in when someone who stands at a street corner all day suddenly can afford all these things.I had a guy from your country try to chat me up and well he was a good looking guy so I gave him the time of day,we were chatting quiet nicely up until I asked him what he does for a living,now here in SA it's part of general conversation to ask that question but he got extremely angry and defensive and walked off.That told me exactly what he does for a living.

      Dollars - 2012-03-07 16:13

      Then go and work hard and earned your good house because here in Nigeria we are living in a good houses and using good cars,your country company came to Nigeria and staying comfortable with a lot of South Africa people working and stolen Nigeria wealth

      Dollars - 2012-03-07 16:13

      Then go and work hard and earned your good house because here in Nigeria we are living in a good houses and using good cars,your country company came to Nigeria and staying comfortable with a lot of South Africa people working and stolen Nigeria wealth

      Ishmael Valoyi - 2012-03-07 18:05

      You know the reason there is less crime in other african states? Because all your criminals are here in SA.look @ the like of Moyo the bank robber and murderer from Zim, Oga the pimp and drug lord with a bible in his hands claiming to be umfundisi, rapist from all over africa are here in our country. What have we done, don't stick your nose into our problems. Stay at home and mind yours..

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-08 07:59

      @ Dollars here's some advise learn to construct sentences in a manner that makes sense and learn to spell.

  • Sazi - 2012-03-07 13:31

    I'm not xenophobic, but my question is..why is the whole of Africa flowing down? Also I doubt that we as South Africans would get all the priviledges that they get if we were to vacate to their countries...I seriously doubt it.

      Dollars - 2012-03-07 16:17

      Nigeria, S’Africa diplomatic row: Senators want S’African companies sacked

  • emma.oga - 2012-03-07 13:35

    "@emma. this has nothing to do with xenophobia, the struggle or Mbeki. It has to do with the fact that 125 Nigerians had fake vaccination cards. It is International Law that you need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Why should SA let Nigerians in with fake documents - surely it tell you that their intent is not good." I have a few posers for you: 1. The card cost only 1USD in Nigeria. Why would one fake that? When it is actually cheaper to get the right one? 2. If truly it was fake, why not vaccinate them at the airport and let them in? Remember, this is a 7-hour flight we are talking about. 3. If truly it was fake, why give them visas? 4. I have traveled to USA, UK, all of Europe, Japan etc...nobody turns anybody back for Yellow fever. In fact, they almost never ask. Why is SA special? 5. If Nigerians are the reason SA is a crime haven, how come our country has less rape, burglaries, drug abuse, robberies, murder etc ? WHY?

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 15:32

      @ Emma to answer you on point number ,as that's the only one I read,the fact that you dont have good reporting and accountability does not neccesarily mean that those things dont happen there,it's a problem everywhere in Africa people are scared to report rape as there is a stigma attached to it but it doesnt mean it's not happening darling,stop foolong yourself coz you know what time it is.

      balimi1 - 2012-03-07 17:32

      @elle we don't get married to our mother did you read yday paper? We don't rape our sister, we don't use drugs, we sell them to the idiot who re strees and thinks drugs can make them happy. Go to Mexico Jamaica brazil Thailand you find lots of drugs Kurds. What of your SA women cut in Asia ? Think before you type ok we re talking about yellow card you guys brought up drugs and crime issue imagine how daft you RSA are

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-08 09:15

      @ Balimi "we don't use drugs, we sell them to the idiot who re strees and thinks drugs can make them happy"I hope that's not the "legitimate" business you claim to run and have listed with CIPRO.Yes i know what the intial issue was however your foreign minister in his child like behaviour decided to turn it into a whole thing about xenophobia and obviously there after things spiralled out of control with the comments.Do you think before you type? do not try defend something that cannot be defended you know what most of your countrymen do here and yet you try defend them by saying they dont take the drugs ,they sell them.Are you listrening to yourself? How does that make it better? Okay then let's talk about our SA women who are caught in Asia with drugs,who sent them there?It's disturbing that you guys think that scamming and selling drugs is a way to make a living and even try to defend it,are you that morally coroded? Then on Sunday you wanna clutch a bible and preach the word,come on. If you are an upstanding citizen whose business affairs are above board as you claim to be,you should be ashamed to defend criminal elements even if they were part of your family.

  • Morama - 2012-03-07 13:40

    Nigerians are good in Nigeria.Every town's prostitude is owned by this filthy Nigerians,stealing of cars and drugs!!! I wish the tension remains like that. I also wish for the same thing again but specifically for Nigerians because south africa is now F@@@@kup because of them!!!

  • Emmanuel - 2012-03-07 13:43

    i thank Nigerian Leaders for standing up for Nigerian this will serve as lesson for other countries all over the world that Nigeria is not push over country

      Ronny Mphahlele - 2012-03-07 16:12

      Ur country Nigeria is a joke,a big village that's why ur all here...mxm

      Tugwana - 2012-03-08 17:17

      Then stay there oke & u should forget about other countries. THEN U DON'T HAVE TO TEACH THEM ANYTHING'O (as u'd say)

  • cohaka - 2012-03-07 14:01

    i am Nigerian and South Africa is perhaps one of the countries i visit during my annual vacations for the past 5 years. Maybe i have been shielded so much by my amazing south african friends that it never occurred to me the level of hatred the citizens have for my country. I never saw it until now. I've had friends either robbed or murdered by south africans in south africa but i've put it beyond a clueless few. I've also invested in south african friends on businesses that didnt work eventually and never called them cheats. i am honoured to have them as friends still. Yet, i see better; understand better and what i see of south africa now is not a pleasant one. Just so i do not stoop to your levels, i'll just say, this is a shame on you

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 14:53

      @ Cohakla maybe you are treated with respect when you are here because you make an honest living.

      Johan - 2012-03-08 16:01

      Exactly - We just dont like the majority of Nigerians in this country, as they are involved in crime. And as for xenophobia, read the comments made on Nigerian websites about us South Africans Bloody shocking!

  • jsoile - 2012-03-07 14:03

    Nigerians here commenting should just shut their mouths and take their jingoism elsewhere,south africans are not the one fleeing the shores of their land in the name of seeking "greener pastures".They all stay in there to contribute to the development of their country.Oh well south africans that visit nigeria are public officers,investors or any well-to-do individual who don't roam our streets or harrass nigerians,they dont even come to study in our so-called universities and/or colleges(tell me when the last time was that a south african committed some atrocity out there in Nigeria).Nigeria(courtesy of its leaders)has made itself a nuisance to nations all over the world,and even other nations in africa cant but laugh at nigeria when it boasts to be the giant of Africa,a giant that cant even squash a roach.South africans know about our poor standard of living,the degree of corruption,unemployment,bad roads and so on so when they see us at their ports they the scarvengers are here again,and to add insult to injury they wont stay in abidance to the laws of SA but form evil alliances and perpetrations.

      chux.edward - 2012-03-07 23:14

      last time a south african committed a crime in Nigeria was a minute ago? and the criminal is called MTN. Dude, SA is just 50 million. Lagos state alone is 30 million. we have the right to call ourselves the giants of Africa. I can bet that Nigerians living in SA contribute over 30% of ur GDP. so shut ur rotten craps. u xenophobic creeps should pray u don't loose the Nigerian market cos u'd be knocked back to the 50's.

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-08 08:01

      @ Chux is that your pride? the fact that you are over populated? Why am I even responding to you,every single one of your comments is riddled with immaturity and nonsense.

      Johan - 2012-03-08 16:02

      Yes - Chux. A population 4 times the size of South Africa with only half of the GDP? I wont call that a giant. Rather an overpopulated place where people live in absolute poverty. That is why they are so desperate to come here?

      Johan - 2012-03-08 16:03

      Also chux. I can bet that Nigerians living in South Africa contribute nothing to our GDP as their income is usually not disclosed... due to obvious reasons.

  • jsoile - 2012-03-07 14:03

    South Africa on its own is a country lurking in the shadows cos their real identity,traditions and customs of the land have been taken away long ago,black south africans are those I really feel sorry for,they are merely onlookers even on their own land,the whites control virtually everything(Money IS Power) but that is topic for another day.I remember clearly how well Nigeria supported SA to see that the apartheid era was over.I remember even then in Nigeria schools were declared schutdown abruptly on the announce of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.I still listen to that "Free Mandela" song by our popular reggae artiste Majek Fashek.But we cant because of all these come here with our corruption-soiled hands to corrupt another man's land.So please lets tackle our problems from home first and redeem the image of Nigeria resultantly abroad.The issue at hand is undiplomatic deportation. Nigeria is/nigerians are to blame first of all.This is just the beginning,an unproductive-nigeria will continue to face humiliation and deportation its nationales/citizens all over the world.Both countries should just reach a reasonable conculsion and stop this humiliation of one another.If the worst case scenario happens both countries will pay for it,especially Nigeria

      Christian - 2012-03-07 19:11

      Guys let's be serious. All foreigners are not criminals (How many PROFESSORS at wits, UCT, UWC,UP,...). I hope some of you know the likes of Adedeje Adebayo.All South Africans are not Xenophobic. Nigeria is among those who did help SA get rid of Apartheid though it was done with good heart and will but no returns should be expected. SA people should not single out a certain group and treat it differently. There should be laws applied to everybody without exception. Lastly, we all need each other.

  • hcrouse - 2012-03-07 14:29

    This is clearly not a case of xenophobia - just prudent immigration control. We are, on the other hand, a very xenophobic country. Most of that hate and fear comes from our black compatriots though. It's Umona again. Nigerians work hard at whatever they do. Our people find that very threatening. Here's my advice - there's nothing wrong with being lazy - but then you should be satisfied with a mud hut and a few cows. Stop trying to take over the fruits of others' hard work.

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 15:33

      @ hcrouse you muast be a drug mule.

      jsoile - 2012-03-07 20:51

      I'll tell you why an average south african(esp blacks) dont/cant travel/live anywhere else except SA,they lack the ingenuity,creativity,adaptation,exposure and education.Nigerians are by far the most exposed in all of our Africa. SA should simply be grateful they still have these so-called white south africans living still in their midst.They are the ones who got your economy to height it's attained over the years.They are the thinkers and builders of your damn land.Your dogged black leaders are mediocres. But of course the fault aint yours,I blame the bad governance in Nigeria.

      Niyi - 2012-03-07 21:46

      @hcrouse-you can say that again and again.I can almost see their faces turn from black to RED.LOL

  • Gabriel - 2012-03-07 14:33

    As I read various comments from all nationals listed below,I am amazed at how some of us reason and think. I am a qualified engineer from Nigeria living in SA.I love SA as I love Nigeria and have respect for rules and regulations regardless of where it is from.Things must be done properly whether you are from Nigeria, South Africa,Cameroun, Ghana,etc.If Yellow fever is a requirement,then Nigerians need to get one, failure to do so means you will face deportation.If SA immigration officers are afraid of fake yellow fever documents,they should deploy their own health reps to the embassy in Lagos and Abuja to ensure approved yellow fever vaccination and documents are obtained prior to issuing of visa. I feel bad for those deported as I know some did a proper vaccination but it is all past now.Let us all do things right and build Africa into a better place. God bless you all.

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 15:37

      @ Gabriel - You know what,you didnt even have to mention that you are an engineer,the fact that you were objective with your comment already tells me that you are probably a law abiding citizen with nothing to hide,meaning you probably have an honest job.Some people here try to defend that which cannot be defended because they know that they too are culprits of some sort of criminal activity.

      Dollars - 2012-03-07 16:20

      Nigeria, S’Africa diplomatic row: Senators want S’African companies sacked

  • hcrouse - 2012-03-07 14:37

    Reading through these comments I am amazed at the number of references to drug dealers and prostitutes. Is this how you lot spend your time? Getting high and buying sex? Never done business with a Nigerian? Never been medically treated by a Nigerian? Never been to a lecture by a Nigerian?

      Adil Smit - 2012-03-07 20:18

      Exactly. If the only Nigerians you meet are drug dealers, prostitutes etc then you should seek different company.

      pelumint - 2012-03-08 12:05

      You're right. Nigerians are known to travel around the world. Virtually almost all countries in the world you find Nigerians. From Togo to UK to US, there are doctors, professors, businessmen, engineers as well as criminals who're Nigerians. Then if South Africans are only talking about the bad Nigerians then they themselves are same. You need to also blame your corrupt officials for allowing these set of people into your country. Think of Nigerians as hardworking, crafty and flashy people, then you get rid of the bad ones. Ask UK and US about Nigerian professionals in their country!

  • Oke - 2012-03-07 15:20

    Bunch of ignorant, idiotic and envious South Africans!!

      Shanelle - 2012-03-07 15:27

      You funny!!!

      David - 2012-03-08 00:12

      South Africa - 48 million population (Ranked 28th Worldwide with 363 Billion US$ GDP). Nigeria - 170 million population (Ranked 44th Worldwide with 193 Billion US$ GDP). Source: World Bank (1990 - 2010)

      Vattori Jr Chivas Moleboge - 2012-03-08 10:50

      wat a supercilious comment from an embizil like u, in order to resolve ul fight or outrage, thats so not the way bro, be the african we institute in this modern world, not the ravage of the stone age

  • Brenda - 2012-03-07 15:27

    stop xenofobia you south african otherwise you will see bad things

      Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-03-07 15:52

      Get the f*** out of our country!

  • emma.oga - 2012-03-07 15:39

    So, in summary, you do not mess with the centre of BLACK HERITAGE and expect to get away with it.

  • emma.oga - 2012-03-07 16:01

    you really don't need to fight these guys...leave them together and they will kill each other in no distant time. South Africa is the greatest enemy of South Africa. Not Nigeria. We have bigger problems. They even believe they are the leaders of the African continent, they think leadership is all about GDP. The other day, Tsvangirai from far way Zimbabwe (in Southern Africa) ran all the way to Nigeria to seek political help. When the Sierra Leonians were slaughtering each other, guessed who stepped in to save the day. When the white people held the natives in SA slaves in their own home, guess who stepped in. When the Liberians were chopping-off each other's heads, guess who stepped in. When the Sudanese were locked in bloody battle amongst themselves, guess who came knocking to save the day. When Laurent Gbagbo started a war against his own, guess who changed the game. When Zuma was fiddling with Ghadaffi, guess who the game changer was. When USA means serious business in Africa, guess where they turn up. That's leadership.

      Shanelle - 2012-03-07 16:17

      Oh my word - delusions of grandeur!!

      Zizi - 2012-03-07 16:19

      When Boko Haram bombed churches, hospitals and prisons where was the mighty Nigerian Governement then?

      emma.oga - 2012-03-07 16:23

      You see, an internal aggressor is much harder to fight that's why boko haram has lasted this long. But never mind we shall prevail

      emma.oga - 2012-03-07 16:24

      Shanelle, I gave you facts. Least you can do is return the favour.

      emma.oga - 2012-03-07 16:39

      Timmy, you are right on several grounds. Boko haram is a strain on our is corruption in high places. We are grappling with these vices...and we shall prevail.

      Nhlanhla Sibiya - 2012-03-07 19:01

      you say all these facts bwt naija n yet u stay in sa shame, u wont find any south africans in the street of lagos or abuja selling drugs n faking documents...

      Nhlanhla Sibiya - 2012-03-07 19:01

      you say all these facts bwt naija n yet u stay in sa shame, u wont find any south africans in the street of lagos or abuja selling drugs n faking documents...

      Emmanuel Aja Oga - 2012-03-07 22:45

      Sibiya, you would have to pay me to set foot in your country. The low-lives from Nigeria may find your country attractive, but do not for a minute think I'd leave the great life I'm having here and head to your country. Nigeria has been good to me.

      Ross - 2012-03-08 02:37

      Very well said. Nigeria is the Giant of Africa.

  • Eric - 2012-03-07 16:06

    Compared to our own criminals, I think the Nigerians are better. They part you with your cash without killing you. Its unlike our own who kill 3 year olds for kicks

  • nasir.abdulsalam - 2012-03-07 16:06

    If you have twenty minutes. Please watch this video on the dangers of the single story. It is very relevant to this discussion. Thank you

      ucheharpers - 2012-03-07 20:37

      i wish all south africans commenting here would have the decency to watch your video and see the good that come out of nigeria. they should forget the evils they read on foreign media and ask themselves why the attract they evils of Nigeria and not the good, why do south african companies and other investors rush to Nigeria to invest despite all the evils we are called and why we are set to overtake them as africa's biggest economy and reinvent their nation instead of thrashing nigeria here while none of them has ever visited nigeria.