The Air Peace flight conveying some Nigerians who left South Africa over xenophobic attacks touched down at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at about 9:30pm on Wednesday.
The chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, 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), among others.
Dabiri-Erewa said a total of 187 Nigerians were evacuated from South Africa.
The development follows 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.
Speaking with reporters shortly after disembarking from the plane, Jude Anthony, one of the returnees, who has lived in South Africa for seven years, said xenophobia is being driven by the South African government.
“The experience has been terrible. I have been in South African for seven years; I witnessed the bestiality of humanity in South Africa. I have seen violence on blacks on blacks, I will not blame the people that much because what is happening in South Africa is coordinated,” he said.
“Xenophobia is a policy driven right from the era of President Jacob Zuma or even the regime preceding Zuma and it is driven by the South African police. In the presence of the police, people are being slaughtered like chicken and there is no outrage from the west, the west is not condemning it, America is not condemning it because they see it as black on black violence. Which is very wrong, violence is wrong, criminality is wrong.”