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The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari sent an envoy to South Africa to "express Nigeria's displeasure over the treatment of her citizens".

"SAFA has consistently and strongly condemned the xenophobic attacks and the criminal looting of foreign and South African businesses and wanton attacks on foreign nationals and South African citizens".

Ms Dabiri also called for the South African government to pay compensation to any Nigerians affected by the unrest.

Oshiomhole recommended similar measures for other South African companies, the boycott of their products and the revocation of landing rights for South African Airways.

"The Nigerian government should make visible effort to guarantee the safety and security of South Africans and their businesses in Nigeria". reported that the government had warned of possible sanctions against South Africa, should the violence continue.

THE diplomatic community yesterday met South Africa's International Relations and Cooperation Minister Dr Naledi Pandor to discuss the recurring xenophobia in the neighbouring country.

"The government needs to stand behind his people; they need to reach an agreement between themselves and the South African Government; these killings have to stop", he said.

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Nigerian entrepreneur Basil Onibo, one of the victims of the latest spate of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, looks at the burned cars at his dealership in Johannesburg Sept. 5, 2019.

The country has seen sporadic attacks on migrants, including Nigerians and Sudanese, the worst of which occurred in 2008 when about 60 people were killed and more than 50,000 forced from their homes. When we receive the first two batches, we will know how many more will come.

In early September, students in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, protested outside the South African high commission and also targeted South African-owned shops.

The Nigerian demonstrations forced South Africa's consular offices in Lagos to close.

Instead, the High Commissioner believed "We must come together, put our heads together and say what it is that needs to be done for all our countries" because, in her view, "We don't come to a country and take over".

The police minister was supposed to address the situation., At the meeting a South African activist by name, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, addressed the South Africans present asking them to be peaceful.

There were also reports that a group of concerned citizens in Zambia notified police of a peaceful march and gathering at the premises of the South African Embassy in Lusaka.