Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Despite the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, Nigerian citizens are looking forward to coming to Mzansi for the 2010 World Cup finals in their droves.
Some of them have already started making accommodation arrangements now, hoping that they will get better deals.
Most Nigerians interviewed by Sowetan in Abuja and Lagos last weekend said they were a bit concerned about the attacks on foreign nationals. But they were confident in the South African government's efforts to flush out the criminals behind the attacks.
When Bafana Bafana left for Abuja last Friday, there were concerns that the Nigerians would attack them in revenge for the recent killing of foreigners.
But on our arrival in Lagos and Abuja, some of us were surprisingly warmly welcomed by Nigerians. But there were South Africans who were uncomfortable to wear their national colours in the streets.
Suli Mohammed, a Nigerian based in the capital Abuja, said: "We were worried about the xenophobic attacks, but are happy it is over after the government intervention. I have started saving so that I will be able to buy a World Cup ticket when they go on sale in November."
Shaibu Amodu, Super Eagles coach, said: "I have been to South Africa, a great place to be. I want to come again with the Nigerian senior national team in 2010."