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AFCON2023: South Africa denies threatening Nigerians

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The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation has no one threatening Nigerians living in or visiting the country while saying they should remain as Nigeria and South Africa clash in the CAF African Cup of Nations semi-finals today.

The department made this disclosure following the statement issued by the Nigeria High Commission in South Africa on Monday

The Nigerian High Commission, on Tuesday, advised Nigerians living in South Africa to be watchful.

The statement reads, “Nigerian community to be watchful of their utterances, be mindful of where they choose to watch the match, especially in public places, and refrain from engaging in loud, riotous or provocative celebrations should the Super Eagles win the match.”

The High Commission released the statement based on “potentially inflammatory online comments made by a section of South African citizens against Nigerians living in the host country,” saying that the comments were “largely influenced” by the semi-finals game on Wednesday, February 7.

Reacting to the statement, DIRCO said it doesn’t agree with the Nigerian High Commission, saying South Africans pose “no threat to Nigerian citizens,” BBC reports Tuesday.

DIRCO added that the High Commission’s statement “seems to create alarm and unnecessary tension” between Nigerians and South Africans.

“We are confident that the sports-loving nation of South Africa poses no threat to Nigerian citizens, and we disagree with the apprehension expressed by the High Commission.

“The advisory is regrettable because it seems to create alarm and unnecessary tension between the citizens of South Africa and Nigerians living in or visiting South Africa.” the statement reads.

Super Eagles will play Bafana Bafana at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake, Ivory Coast, by 6 p.m. (Nigerian time) today.

Today’s game will be the fourth the two teams will meet in the AFCON, with the Eagles winning the last three games.

 

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