After weeks of enduring xenophobic attacks on their lives and businesses in South Africa, 187 Nigerians including arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at 9.43pm on Wednesday.
Narrating their ordeals to reporters, a returnee, Uche Victor, who left Nigeria for South Africa in 2007, said he left behind his Cameronian wife and a young daughter in South Africa because of the cry of his mother for him to return home.
“I’m bleeding because I left my wife and baby but I have to come back because my mother cries for me to return. If something happens to me she will suffer.
“I left my business, I came back with nothing. South Africans believe all Nigerians are drug pushers, but I don’t know the colour of any drug,” he said.
He added that the xenophobic attacks were anger against the government and that the South African government made it difficult for their flight to take off .
“They are only venting their anger on foreigners. They started with black and will move to whites.
“They didn’t want us to go but for Nigeria’s consulate,” he added.
Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), among others were on ground to welcome them back home.