By Kunle Adedoyin
One hundred and eighty-seven Nigerians have returned from South Africa to Nigeria aboard the Air Peace flight which conveyed them.
The Nigerians, returning to the country over xenophobic attacks, touched down at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at exactly 9:35pm on Wednesday.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), led officials to receive them.
Also on ground to welcome them back home are officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and other agencies.
Speaking with reporters shortly after disembarking from the plane, Jude Anthony, one of the returnees, said xenophobia is being driven by the South African government.
Dabiri-Erewa said the evacuation of the 187 Nigerians followed a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to evacuate Nigerians in South Africa.
The president gave this order after receiving the report of the special envoy whom he dispatched to South Africa over xenophobic attacks.