Lagos - The attacks South Africans are perpetrating against foreign nationals is a pointer that South Africa has not fully appreciated the enormous sacrifice Nigeria made towards the emancipation of South Africa, the Actors Guild of Nigeria said.
The organisation said this as it condemned the violence that has been internationally condemned.
“Consequent upon resolutions unanimously agreed by a vast majority of our congress which held at Eko Hotel and Suite, we wish to condemn in strong terms the xenophobic attacks on Africans in general and Nigerians in particular in South Africa. We wish to recall that for the umpteenth time our citizens have been subjected to unpleasant conditions in South Africa without a reprisal response to their citizens in our country,” AGN National Public Relations Officer, Mcsmith Ochendo.
He argued South Africa had enjoyed humongous economic boom via such indigenous companies in Nigeria like MTN, DSTV and Shoprite.
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“Nigeria has been gradually swallowed in cultural imperialism with the emergence of these companies. It is so because we provided an enabling environment for them. We hereby advise the Nigeria government to use every diplomatic means possible to call the South African Government to order,” Ochendo said.
Emeka Ike, President of AGN said he was crestfallen by the disturbances in South Africa, Ochendo said.
He called on the Nigeria to take immediate action to ensure the safety of lives and property of Nigerians in South Africa.
“AGN also calls for calm and restraint at home even in the face of obvious provocation that is capable of sparking off a reprisal,” said Ochendo.
About 10 people have been killed in the xenophobic skirmishes.
- CAJ News