Abuja - The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has called on South Africa authorities to rein in influential figures whose inciting rhetoric calling on foreigners to leave resulted to the recent wave of xenophobic violence.
TMG Chairman, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, condemned the violence against migrants of all nationalities in South Africa.
“We also call on the authorities to rein in influential figures in South Africa whose inciting rhetoric calling on foreigners to leave that sparked the recent wave of xenophobic violence. We are appalled by the looting and torching of the business places of foreigners. We call on the South African authorities to take its response to the crisis beyond image management. All Africans expect a much more vigorous response to protect foreign nationals from these barbaric acts of impunity,” Zikirullahi said.
The group also called on the Nigerian government for more robust response in the face of the current realities.
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“As the government watches the situation, it must be on the alert in readiness to evacuate our compatriots should the situation degenerate. Our foreign mission in South Africa must be prepared to work round the clock to assist Nigerians who may need help in the face of this dangerous onslaught. Nigeria’s diplomacy and foreign policy, especially in the post May 29, 2015 period must grapple with how to ensure the safety of all Nigerian citizens outside our shores,” said Zikirullahi.
He urged the Nigerian authorities to consider using various channels of international communication to retell the story of Nigeria’s heroic sacrifices to rid the African continent of the evils of Apartheid and all vestiges of colonialism.
“It is ironic that a section of the South African citizenry has chosen to vent its anger on peoples from fellow African countries, which stood in solidarity with South Africans at a time the evil system of Apartheid held sway in their country,” he said.
The group empathized with Nigerians and other African nationals living in South Africa, who are now living in fear, as a result of the most recent wave of xenophobic attacks targeting foreigners.
At least seven people have died in the xenophobic attacks.
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- CAJ News