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Gianluigi Buffon Returns To The Juventus After Spending A Season In Paris Saint - Germain

Italian goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon returned to the Juventus goal after spending a season in Paris Saint - Germain to match Paolo Maldini ’s Italian record of 902 club matches. Buffon ’s appearances have been spread across three clubs — Parma , Juventus and PSG — with Maldini having spent his entire career with Serie A rivals Milan .

The 41- year - old — who played his last game for Juventus also against Verona in May 2018 — could not keep a clean sheet and was beaten by Veloso after 21 minutes.

Aaron Ramsey ’s first Juventus goal on his maiden start and Cristiano Ronaldo ’s spot - kick winner saw the Italian champions seal a comeback 2- 1 win over Verona on Saturday that put them top of Serie A ahead of the Milan derby.

Amid confusion in front of the Juve goal after Simone Di Carmine missed a Verona penalty , and Darko Lazovic ’s rebound rattled the bar , Veloso pounced to rifle a long range strike past Buffon. But Ramsey got the champions back on level terms 10 minutes later on his full debut after coming on late against Atletico , with a deflected effort past Verona goalkeeper Marco Silvestri .

Ronaldo put Juventus ahead from the spot with just his second goal this season three minutes after the restart, having missed two chances before the break .

Welsh international Ramsey pulled Juventus level in the 31st minute in Turin in reply to Miguel Veloso’s early Verona goal, with a well - taken Ronaldo penalty ensuring all three points for the hosts just after the break .

It got Maurizio Sarri’ s side back to winning ways after last weekend’s Serie A stalemate at Fiorentina and a 2 - 2 Champions League draw at Atletico Madrid midweek .

“ After the Champions League the team was tired, but the important thing was to win. Let ’ s take these three points and go ahead, ” said Ronaldo .

Sarri’s side move one point ahead of Inter Milan at the top of the table before Antonio Conte ’s side play city rivals AC Milan later on Saturday.

Verona kept pushing with Buffon denying Mattia Zaccagni and Lazovic in front of goal after 89 minutes and Veloso denied a brace by the post .

Juve held on to take the three points with a Ronaldo free - kick hitting the opposition’ s wall in the last chance of the game after Verona defender Marash Kumbulla was sent off for a second yellow card .

“ This is a team under construction ,” said Sarri, who took over from Massimiliano Allegri ahead of this season.“ The defensive line obviously needs to improve.”Verona are 12th with four points from as many games.Carlo Ancelotti’ s Napoli travel south to promoted Lecce on Sunday after seeing off European champions Liverpool 2 - 0 on Tuesday .

Test Every Spirit to Know Deceptive Evil Spirit

One tree cannot make a forest

Deceptive evil spirit were not just created some years ago; they have been in existence and have been operating since the fall of their master, Lucifer, from heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15, Revelation 12:4,9).

These evil spirits were in operation in the Old Testament and were called by many names such as “ lying spirit ”, “ familiar spirit ” and so on (1 Kings 22:23, 2 Chronicles 33:6).

Knowing that their operation will be rampant these last days, Holy Spirit clearly forewarned us of the coming of false prophets who will be controlled by lying and other evil spirits.He told us that they will seek to deceive many by using the Lord’s Name.

For you not to become one of their victims, the Holy Spirit says to us in (1 John 4:1):

“ Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world .”

In light of this scripture, it is your duty as a child of God to test the spirit operating in anyone who claims to be a prophet of God.

By His grace, God has given me some signs by which I recognize false prophets and the spirits under which they operate.

I believe that every child of God should be equipped with such knowledge, based on God’s word, in other not to be deceived by the signs and wonders of these imposters.

After all, the magicians of Egypt replicated the miracles that God perform through Moses.
In (1 John 2:19), we are given a sign to look out for when testing the spirits operating in a fellow. The scripture says:

“ They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued had continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. ”

When you discover rebels who came out of the Body of Christ doing strange things that have no basis in God’s word or are based on a strange interpretation of its message, you must be wary of such people.

For example, they might say you need to kill a goat to ward off evil.

Beloved, what can be said of a “prophet” who thinks that the Blood shed at Calvary is no longer effective and is seeking to replace it with a blood of goat?

Such a person must definitely be operating under the influence of the devil.

In other not to be deceived, you need to immerse yourself in the totality of God’s word, relying on the Holy Spirit to guide you into its truth.

Beware of false prophets!
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. – (1 John 4:1)

READ: 1 JOHN 2:18-24 (KJV)
18. Little children, it is the last time; and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us; but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father; (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
24. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

Father, please guide me into all truth by Your Spirit in Jesus’ Name.

1. Ho! my comrades, see the signal,
Waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing,
Victory in nigh!


“Hold the fort, for I am coming,”
Jesus signals still,
Wave the answer back to heaven,
“By Thy grace we will,”

2. See the mighty host advancing
Satan leading on:
Mighty men around us falling,
Courage almost gone!


“Hold the fort, for I am coming,”
Jesus signals still,
Wave the answer back to heaven,
“By Thy grace we will,”

3. See the glorious banner waving!
Hear the trumpet blow!
In our Leader’s name we’ll triumph
Over ev’ry foe!


“Hold the fort, for I am coming,”
Jesus signals still,
Wave the answer back to heaven,
“By Thy grace we will,”

4. Fierce and long the battle rages,
But our help is near:
Onward comes our great commander,
Cheer, my comrades, cheer!


“Hold the fort, for I am coming,”
Jesus signals still,
Wave the answer back to heaven,
“By Thy grace we will,”

President Ram Nath Kovind Accepts The Resignation Of The Chief Justice Of Madras High Court

President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of the Chief Justice of Madras High Court, VK Tahilramani, after the Supreme Court Collegium transferred her to the Meghalaya High Court. In a notification late on Friday, the Union Law Ministry said the resignation has been accepted with effect from the afternoon of September 6.

The Madras High Court has reserved orders on the maintainability of a petition, filed by an advocate, challenging the transfer. Justice Vineet Kothari, the seniormost Judge of Madras High Court will officiate as the Chief Justice.Chief Justice of Meghalaya AK Mittal is yet to take over as the Chief Justice of the Madras HC in place of Justice Tahilramani as per the resolution of the SC collegiums.

The SC Collegium passed a resolution, deemed as an administrative order, to transfer her to the Meghalaya HC on August 28. Subsequently, she requested a reconsideration of that but, it was turned down.Her transfer to a much smaller HC had raised eyebrows since she happens to be the senior-most Judge among the High Court judges. While the sanctioned strength of Madras HC is 75 Judges, it is just three for Meghalaya HC. So she put down her papers, apparently upset over her transfer.

Having tendered her resignation to the President with a copy of the same to the Chief Justice of India on September 6, Justice Tahilramani, abstained from work since then and the cases posted before the Bench headed by her were placed before other Judges. She had first informed of her decision to quit to her brother and sister judges during a dinner on the same night. She had already started moving out her belongings from the official residence in Chennai.

Having been a Judge for nearly two decades, Justice Tahilramani is due to retire on October 2, 2020. As such, the transfer has evoked criticism among the legal fraternity. Lawyers across the state boycotted court proceedings on September 10, condemning the transfer and to press for rescinding the same. A representation from a section of lawyers was also sent to the CJI and the SC collegiums to withdraw the ‘arbitrary and undemocratic’ transfer.

She was elevated as a Judge of the Bombay High Court in June 2000 and appointed Chief Justice of the Madras HC, one of the three chartered High Courts in the country, in August 2018. Earlier, she had officiated twice as the acting CJ of Mumbai High Court.

Lampard Endured A Difficult Start On His Return To Stamford Bridge As Manager

Frank Lampard has endured a difficult start on his return to Stamford Bridge as manager, but he enjoyed his finest day so far in charge of the Blues with his faith in youth again fully vindicated. Fikayo Tomori, 21, fired the visitors in front at Molineux with his first goal for the club before Abraham took over to take his tally to seven in his last three games with three brilliant finishes from close range. Abraham’s busy afternoon was not over as he then turned into his own net and Patrick Cutrone cut Wolves’ deficit to two before Mason Mount rounded off the scoring for Chelsea late on.

Liverpool recovered from a shock Newcastle opener to open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win at Anfield, as Tottenham and Chelsea bounced back to form with big wins on Saturday. Tammy Abraham’s sensational form continued as the English forward scored a hat-trick as Chelsea romped to a 5-2 win at Wolves. Spurs were 4-0 up by half-time against Crystal Palace to record just their second win of the season as Son Heung-min scored twice, while Erik Lamela and an own goal from Patrick van Aanholt rounded off the scoring on a miserable day for the Eagles.

An injury-hit Manchester United coped without Paul Pogba to inflict Leicester’s first defeat of the season as Marcus Rashford scored the only goal from the penalty spot in a 1-0 win at Old Trafford. United join Tottenham and Chelsea on eight points from five games, but Liverpool protected the only 100 percent record in the league by reacting to a slow start in style.

Manchester City can close the gap at the top to two points with victory later on Saturday at Norwich. Jetro Willems fired Newcastle in front on seven minutes to leave the European champions trailing at Anfield for the first time since March. However, any lasting rift between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah from Liverpool’s last outing away to Burnley -- when Mane was upset at the Egyptian for his greediness in front of goal -- was forgotten as they combined to score all three goals for the hosts.

Mane fired into the top corner to start the revival, but it was the introduction of Roberto Firmino off the bench for the injured Divock Origi that truly turned the tide in Liverpool’s favour.

The Brazilian’s through ball was spilled by Martin Dubravka to allow Mane a simple task for his second just before half-time, and another brilliant Firmino flick teed up Salah to seal the points 18 minutes from time.

“I started enjoying after 25 minutes, around about when we arrived finally in the game,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“Second half we scored only one goal, but we played really good football and I liked it a lot. There were a few moments I enjoyed, not a lot but a few and enough to be the deserved winner today.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hoped that the end of the European transfer window would settle his squad and the Champions League finalists looked more like their old selves by tearing apart Palace from the off. Son was the star of the show as the South Korean opened the scoring then finished off a fine team move by volleying home Serge Aurier’s cross after Van
Aanholt deflected a cross into his own net.

Harry Kane was unable to build on his goalscoring form for England, but did play a part in the fourth as his cross was turned home by Lamela. United had to suffer far more for just a second win in 10 league matches at home to the Foxes as Rashford shrugged off his recent miss from the spot against Palace to convert a penalty on eight minutes after he had been brought down by Caglar Soyuncu. Brighton edged out Burnley 1-0 at the Amex thanks to Neil Maupay’s winner early in the second-half. Southampton were also 1-0 victors at Sheffield United courtesy of a brilliant strike from Moussa Djenepo.

South Africa May Ban Evacuated Nigerians For A Period Of Ten Years.

There are reports that if they capture your biometrics and you leave, you won’ t be allowed into South Africa again or you may be barred from visiting for at least 10 years. “ So, some Nigerians who planned to come to Nigeria to relax for some time and then go back eventually decided to stay back for fear of being barred from visiting South Africa, where they have investments and families.”

The representative of Geoffrey Onyema, the Minister of Foreign Affairs , was barred from accessing the cargo wing of the OR Tambo International Airport by security officials .

When asked if the SA officials informed their Nigerian counterparts about the rationale for the biometrics of the returnees, another official said, “ There was no formal announcement to this effect, but there were reports that anyone who left may be barred from visiting South Africa for life or for at least 10 years.  

More so,  facts have emerged on the bottlenecks which nearly frustrated the evacuation of 313 Nigerians from South Africa by the Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft on Wednesday. The flight which was scheduled for 9 am did not depart the OR Tambo International Airport until 4 pm, following various obstacles reportedly imposed by the South African airport and immigration officials.

The plane eventually arrived in Nigeria with 178 persons at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja , Lagos at 9. 34 pm. Pretoria was not happy over the evacuation operation which senior Foreign Affairs Ministry officials described as “ a yellow card to Nigeria -South Africa relations. ”

This, it was gathered, was seen by SA authorities as a thumbs down, hence the decision to mount impediments to frustrate the evacuation exercise. On Friday that 84 Nigerians had boarded the aircraft at the Johannesburg airport, whe officials announced that they must carry out a biometric capture of all returning individuals.

It was learnt that all the people on board were deplaned for the biometric exercise with the immigration officials spending about 10 minutes to capture each person. Officials who participated in the clearance process at the airport explained that the immigration service cancelled valid South African visas possessed by Nigerians during the biometric exercise .

It was learnt that the biometrics was a smokescreen to blacklist Nigerians leaving the country over xenophobic attacks which Pretoria has strenuously denied. An official said, “ When you are evacuating your citizens from a country , it is like sending a strong message to that country about your relations with them . No country would be happy with the evacuation of foreign nationals from its territory .

“South Africans were very strategic. We arrived at Joburg by 6.15 am . The intention was to leave by 9 am , but after clearing about 85 out of the 313 who were scheduled for airlifting, they insisted they should do biometric capture for those who were willing to leave. “ So, they had to come down from the plane and start the clearance process afresh.

Some women who wished to leave with their children were asked to present letters of consent from their husbands. Many of them who could not provide the letters were also said to have gone back home after spending several hours at the airport .

A ministry official said those who had elected to stay back following the new conditions imposed by the SA immigration were about 135 .He stated, “ The immigration asked those who were travelling with children to present letters of consent from their spouses. If they didn ’t have the consent letter , they would not allow the children to leave with the mother.

“ Initially , it was 313 persons who were billed to come back with the flight, but 135 went back . They included those who were travelling with children without letters of consent and those who did not want to do the biometrics so that they wouldn ’t be barred from returning to South Africa again .”

“The credibility of the report was strengthened when the immigration officials were cancelling valid visas , as they were clearing those with valid travel documents. “ Even if you have one or two years visa , it was cancelled, and this means you have to apply afresh and it may be difficult for you to get the visa again. Nigerian officials were frustrated .

The Minister of Foreign Affairs sent an official to represent him at the airport , but the person was not allowed access to the cargo wing for a long time. Findings also showed that the Nigerian Consulate contributed to the rowdy situation at the airport as they did not give the emergency travel documents to those with expired passports until they got to the airport .

The MFA officials explained that the Mission had been advised to distribute the travel certificates to the next batch of returnees who needed them at the consulate ahead of time to ease the departure process at the airport .The next batch was expected to be airlifted on Saturday or Sunday from Joburg to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos .

Giving an update on the operation , the Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission , Abike Dabiri - Erewa, said the Consul- General of Nigerian Mission in Johannesburg was already addressing the issues with the SA government.

Dabiri - Erewa added , “ Because of the serious hurdles put in place by the SA authorities on this first evacuation , we will have to wait for an update from the consulate as they resolve some issues with the SA authorities . The next flight may be Saturday or Sunday. “ However, Chairman Air Peace , says the airline is on standby and ready for more evacuations anytime.” The returnees would also get a soft loan from the Bank of Industry to support those interested in trade.

When contacted last night about the ordeal faced by Nigerians at the airport , the acting SA High Commissioner to Nigeria , Amb. Bobby Moroe , simply said, “ I am currently in Abuja and not privy to what transpired in South Africa during the transfer of Nigerian nationals from South Africa to Nigeria. “ You may wish to contact the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ascertain the facts around this matter .”

The MFA spokesman , Ferdinand Nwonye , could not be reached for comment on what the FG would do about the reported travel ban imposed on Nigerians by SA , as he was said to be outside the country. A text message sent to the minister, Onyeama, on the issue had yet to elicit a response as of the time of filing this report.

Five Best Features of WhatsApp Accessible to Users

The five best features of WhatsApp that are accessible to users now. For those who are not aware of these features can start using them immediately are;

1.Group Invitation
2.Delete for everyone
3.Data limit
4.Hide read receipts
5.WhatsApp pay

1.Group Invitation
WhatsApp groups have the infamous reputation of being annoying and pesky. There’s a WhatsApp group for literally everything from family to friends and even work. For those who wish to avoid being added to WhatsApp groups there’s one way to do it. Under the settings menu, select Account > Privacy > Groups. Here, you can choose ‘Everyone’ which lets anyone add you to groups. ‘Nobody’ restricts people from adding you to groups and instead sends an invitation which expires in 3 days. ‘My Contacts’ will only allow contacts you’ve saved to add you in groups.

2.Delete for everyone
One feature that got WhatsApp users pretty excited was ‘Delete for Everyone’ . This feature lets users revoke messages they may have sent by mistake. To do this, long press the message and select ‘Delete for Everyone’ from the pop-up menu. Once it’s revoked a message will be displayed in place of it saying “This message was deleted”. This will be visible to the recipient too notifying them that a message has been deleted.

3.Data limit
WhatsApp is a data friendly app and works swiftly even on low-specced apps. In addition, it offers a host of data saving features on WhatsApp for users. These features can be found under Settings > Data and storage usage. Here, users can control if media should be downloaded on mobile data, Wi-Fi and roaming. There’s also a low data usage option which reduces the data consumption during a call.

4.Hide read receipts
Another popular privacy feature on WhatsApp is the ability to hide read receipts. Doing this prevents others from knowing if you’ve read their message or not. Users can enable this feature under Settings > Privacy > Read receipts. Also, enabling this will hide read receipts of other users too. Note that read receipts don’t apply to group chats.

5.WhatsApp pay
WhatsApp Pay is currently running in beta but this feature is easily available for any user. Its official launch is scheduled for the end of this year. WhatsApp Pay as the name suggests, is a built-in UPI-based payments system on the app. Users can send and receive money directly from WhatsApp chats. To get on WhatsApp Pay one needs to know another user with this feature. Once a WhatsApp Pay invitation is sent the receiver can start using it.

WhatsApp started out as a simple and easy instant messaging app. The company gradually started introducing new features to make WhatsApp more interactive and useful. After a decade of its existence WhatsApp now offers multiple features for users to do more than just exchange text messages. WhatsApp is also working on features it will roll out in the future. Users can except features like ‘dark mode’ and ‘fingerprint unlock’ soon on WhatsApp .

Food and Drug Administration Detects Salmonella Bacteria In Sambhar Samala food Sold in US

Food and Drug Administration Detects Salmonella Bacteria In Sambhar Samala  food Sold in US

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detected Salmonella bacteria in Sambhar Samala  food sold in US. Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses.

The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrohea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.

The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrohea may be so severe that the patient requires hospitalisation. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe symptoms.

In the consequences of the above , after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected the salmonella bacteria in the MDH brand ‘sambar masala’, the company is withdrawing at least three lots of the product from the shelves.

MDH Sambhar Samala brand is produced by R Pure Agro Specialities and distributed by the House Of Spices (India), the product was tested by the FDA through a certified laboratory and found positive for salmonella.

The recalled MDH sambar masala was distributed in northern California retail stores, House Of Spices (India) said in a statement.

The recall was initiated after it the FDA discovered that the salmonella contaminated products were distributed. “Consumers who have purchased the MDH SAMBAR MASALA, 3.5 oz (100g) are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund,” House Of Spices said in the statement issued last week.

Cristiano Ronaldo Scores His 93rd International Goal for Portugal

Top international goal scorer - Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 93rd international goals for Portugal to defeat Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Ronaldo's 20-yard shot went in off the head of Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus and he scored two more from Bernardo Silva passes, before William Carvalho's injury-time fifth.

Making him 16 behind Iran legend Ali Daei's world record. He scored an early penalty, before Vytautas Andriuskevicius equalised.

Serbia moved up into third place in the group with a 3-1 win at Luxembourg, with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring twice.

The result keeps Portugal in an automatic qualifying place, five points behind Group B leaders Ukraine. It was an eighth international hat-trick for 34-year-old Ronaldo, who also scored four against Andorra in 2016.

President of Nigeria Receives Envoy To South Africa

The President of Nigeria, President M. Buhari

The President of Nigeria, President M. Buhari has received envoy to South Africa,  and has ordered the evacuation of 640 Nigerians. The special envoy conveyed the assurance of President Buhari that the Nigerian government was ready and willing to collaborate with the South African government to find a lasting solution to the involvement of few Nigerians in criminal activities , and to protect the lives and property of the larger groups of other law - abiding Nigerians and indeed Africans in general , against all forms of attacks including xenophobia. President Buhari further assured that the Nigerian government will guarantee the safety of lives, property and business interests of South Africans in Nigeria .

Two aircraft to bring 640 Nigerians from South Africa – Presidency. Also on Monday , the Presidency said the number of Nigerians in South Africa, who had shown interest in returning home had risen from 400 to 640. The Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Diaspora Commission , Abike Dabiri - Erewa, stated this when she appeared before the Senate Committee on Diaspora .

To monitor the measures the South African government would take to end the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians by further engaging the “ appropriate authorities.” The President also gave clear instructions that Nigerians willing to return home should be evacuated from South Africa immediately .

The President took the decisions when he received the report of the special envoy he sent last week to his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa , to register Nigeria ’s concerns over the attacks. The Presidency, in a statement on Monday in Abuja , said the special envoy, who is the Director -General, National Intelligence Agency , Ahmed Rufai - Abubakar, returned to Nigeria after the assignment and had submitted his report to the President.

It said Rufai - Ababukar was in Pretoria from Thursday to Saturday. While in Pretoria , the envoy conveyed the following to Ramaphosa , “ The deep concern of President Buhari and Nigerians about intermittent violence against Nigerians and their property /business interests in South Africa.

The statement , which was signed by the President’ s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity , Mr Femi Adesina , also gave details of Ramaphosa ’s responses.

It added , “ On his part , President Ramaphosa agrees that the violence is most disconcerting and embarrassing, adding that his government completely rejects such acts , which undermine not only the country ’ s image, but also its relations with brotherly African countries.

“ President Ramaphosa reaffirmed his stand against criminality and that he was committed to doing everything possible to protect the rights of every Nigerian and other foreign nationals in the country .”

Upon receiving the report, Buhari said he had taken note of it and directed Onyeama “ to continue to engage with appropriate authorities on the concrete measure the South African government is expected to take . ”

He also gave “ instructions for the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians who are willing to return home. ”The Presidency added that the envoy also met with his South African counterpart “ where they reviewed the situation of foreign emigrants in general and Nigerians in particular .”It said the two “ agreed to work together to find a permanent solution to the root causes of the recurring attacks on Nigerians and their property . ”
Dabiri - Erewa, who addressed journalists in company with the Chairman of the Senate panel, Ajibola Basiru, said emergency travel documents were being issued to Nigerians whose papers had expired .

She added that two aircraft had landed on the South African soil to bring the first batch of Nigerians .She said eight South African policemen were already being prosecuted over various xenophobic cases against Nigerians .

She said the documentation process for those with expired papers had started to ensure their easy entry into Nigeria .She said, “ As I speak with you now, we have 640 Nigerians voluntarily registered to come home and they will be home in a couple of days.“ We believe that more will still be coming to register. Two planes will convey them . The envoy will be briefing the President . When we receive the first two batches , we will know how many more will come .She said eight policemen had been charged for their involvement in killing of Nigerians in South Africa and four more had been arrested.

Dabiri - Erewa said the Federal Government was still expecting the report of the investigation into the death of the Deputy Director - General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria , Mrs Elizabeth Chukwu, who was murdered in South Africa. She said , “ They promised us to get the result . Also, there must be consequences for actions. If policemen or your people go out killing people and nothing happens to them , it will continue to happen.”

Nigeria ’s Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, had told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja , that Air Peace had offered to airlift those willing to return home .Nigerians shouldn ’t be second -class citizens anywhere – Presidency

“ If we have the kind of country we want , why would we go and become second and third class citizens anywhere else ? We should get the kind of country we want . I would like to stress that for us to get that country , we must love our country .

The UNICEF Country Representative , Peter Hawkins, said Nigeria youths deserved an education system with “ good learning outcomes, where a child of nine years f basic education can read, write and have excellent numeracy skills. ”Also, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria in the 2019 election, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, and leaders of the Nigerian community in Cape Town, called on Ramaphosa to apologise to countries whose citizens were attacked .

They made the demand at a meeting held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Cape Town.Members of the delegation that met with Ezekwesili included the representative of Yoruba community in Cape Town, Chief T .A Odutayo; Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo (Western Cape ), Chief Vincent Nzekwe and Secretary, Simon Odumegwu .

Ezekwesili and the Nigerian community in South Africa, according a communique issued after the meeting and obtained in Abuja on Monday, described the attacks as Afrophobia .While demanding an apology from Ramaphosa , they called on South African government to trigger series of actions necessary to de - escalate the brewing conflict to ensure that bilateral trade agreements between the countries would not be affected .

The Nigeria Labour Congress , Ekiti State chapter Chairman, Kolapo Olatunde , on Monday appealed to Nigerians not to destroy the property and businesses of South African nationals .Olatunde, who said failure of the government to provide employment for citizens forced Nigerians to seek greener pastures in other better countries, thereby subjecting them to attacks as being witnessed in South Africa.

The NLC boss said in a telephone chat with journalists in Ado Ekiti that “ the killing and the destruction of Nigerians and their property in South Africa confirmed failure of governance . The solution to xenophobia is for Nigerian government to provide reliable jobs for its citizens.”

Meanwhile, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has said it will take “ appropriate actions, ” in response to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Nigerian advocacy group , Socio- Economic Rights and Accountability Project , had on Sunday called upon the commission to sue South Africa and demand $ 10bn damages for Nigerian victims of xenophobia.SERAP ’s Deputy Director , Kolawole Oludare , said in a statement on Monday that justice might be on the way for xenophobia victims as the African Commission had promised to take up the issue .

Oludare ’s statement quoted the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Ms Soyata Maiga, as acknowledging SERAP ’s letter and promising that necessary actions would be taken. “ Thank you for your open letter requesting our commission to take action to the court. I have just shared the letter with Ms Jamesina Essie King, the Chair of the Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights , for follow- up and appropriate action, ” Maiga was said to have written in a reply mail to SERAP .

Commending Maiga’ s quick response , Oludare said it signified the commitment of the African Commission “ to stand up for the human rights of Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa, and to become more responsive to rights holders and victims . ” “ This will put massive pressure on the South African authorities and political leaders to uphold the highest standards in the protection of human rights of Nigerians and end their political rhetoric and incitement to hatred, violence and discrimination, ” the SERAP Deputy Director said.

On his part , Senator Benjamin Uwajimogu said the Federal Government should change strategies to tackle the spate of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.He said the advice became necessary following the failure of previous efforts to engage the South African government on the killings .Uwajimogu, representing Imo North senatorial district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress , stated this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

He said, “ Enough is enough ! This is wicked and shameless. The Federal Government has my full support and that of the Senate is taking every measure necessary to tackle the rising xenophobic attacks in South Africa, “ Since previous efforts to engage the South African government on these unabated attacks have yielded no gain , the onus is now on the Federal Government of Nigeria to change tactics and strategies , and make a profound statement .”  He described South Africans as intolerant and spiteful of Nigeria which was “ a country that gave its all for their freedom from apartheid .”

Uwajimogu said, “ My heart bled when I heard the news of the unfortunate incident , where hundreds of Nigerians in South Africa have been mobbed, harrassed, some maimed and killed, and their property looted and vandalised . “ Some are subjected to all forms of indignities , all in the name of envy, hate and prejudice , while the security agencies in that country were either complicit or they watched helplessly .” President Buhari stressed the need for South African government to take visible measures to stop violence against citizens of brotherly African nations. President Buhari is worried that the recurring issue of xenophobia could negatively affect the image and standing of South Africa as one of the leading countries on the continent , if nothing is done to stop it .

The statement , which was signed by the President’ s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity , Mr Femi Adesina , also gave details of Ramaphosa ’s responses. It added , “ On his part , President Ramaphosa agrees that the violence is most disconcerting and embarrassing, adding that his government completely rejects such acts , which undermine not only the country ’ s image, but also its relations with brotherly African countries.

In a related development, the Presidency on Monday reiterated its condemnation of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, saying if Nigerians had the kind of country they wanted , they would not go and become second - class citizens elsewhere .
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity , Adesina stated this in Abuja on Monday, adding that although there might be many faults with Nigeria , citizens must strive to love the country and work for its progress .

Adesina spoke at the Naija Youth Talk organised by the United Nations Children ’s Fund to mark the 2019 International Literacy Day. The President ’s spokesman said, “ Youths have a right to want a country because they are stakeholders . They have a right to ask for the country they want , a country where there will be no xenophobia and nobody will tell us; go back to your country .

President Ramaphosa reaffirmed his stand against criminality and that he was committed to doing everything possible to protect the rights of every Nigerian and other foreign nationals in the country .