The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), has lamented the provocative incidences of mindless killings and wilful destruction of property and investment of Nigerian in South Africa, at unprecedented levels only likened to direct and deliberate affront and diplomatic assault against Nigeria; a situation that is clearly a recipe for diplomatic and economic crisis between the two leading nations of the African Continent.
CDHR, in a statement made available to newsmen by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Henry Peter Ekine, recalled that Nigeria had stood and sacrificed a lot for the liberation of South Africa during their suffering days under the oppressive Apartheid Regime or White domination.
He regretted that All kinds of xenophobic attacks have been indiscriminately meted against unprotected Nigerians in South Africa by non-state actors, bandits, and in many cases, aided by state actors.
The number of extrajudicial killings and attacks of Nigerians by criminal gangs and state agents has raised the concern of CDHR on the threat to security of lives of property of Nigerians living and doing legitimate businesses in South Africa; while South Africans living and doing business in Nigeria as well as their business entities have continued to enjoy patronage, peace and protection by Nigerians and the Nigerian State. This apparent madness by some South Africans against Nigerians must definitely stop and the Nigerian Authorities must be definitive.
He said ‘’Nigeria’s thrust and objective of Africa as the Centre Piece of her foreign policy was primarily beneficial and more focused on South Africa than any other African State. Nigeria committed huge human and financial resources and directed her foreign policy and diplomatic relations in favour of the oppressed South Africans; Nigeria severed diplomatic relations with countries that supported the oppressive Apartheid Regime of the Whites against the Black South Africans; Nigeria boycotted events hosted by such countries that supported Apartheid. Nigeria committed to the emergence of the new and liberated South Africa. Nigeria granted Asylum and homely hosted majority of South Africans who fled the Apartheid Regime. What has Nigeria done against South Africa to ever justify this barbaric and primitive inhumanity and cruelty provocatively meted against Nigerians?
CDHR therefore demanded an immediate stop to the killings and destruction of property of Nigerians in South Africa, a situation which may degenerate to possible failure or severance of diplomatic relations.
The statement, Also said ‘’as a matter of emergency, urged the Nigerian Government, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Godfrey Onyeama, as well as the Head of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri, to stop the lip-service and take full responsibility and devise palpable pragmatic actions to stop this apparent madness and save the very valuable lives and property of Nigerians in South Africa, and indeed anywhere in the world; otherwise evacuate our dear citizens from South Africa and return them to our blessed country immediately; possibly break Diplomatic Relations and shut down the Nigerian Mission in South Africa, and in turn, ask the South African Mission in Nigeria to leave, forthwith.
Lives of Nigerians anywhere in the world are valuable and precious and must be protected. The President, the Federal Government and all heads of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies must immediately demonstrate commitment, competence and capability in effectively discharging their core mandates and functional duties of ensuring the security and welfare of Nigerians.
No more excuses! No more tolerance!! Angered by the avoidable situation of continuous killings and destruction of property of Nigerians in South Africa, the foremost human rights organisation has warned that the situation has compelled Nigerians to consider a plan for a peoples’ mass protest to urge the Government and the President to take necessary pragmatic action to persuade the South African Government to effectively and finally stop the xenophobic attacks. This has become more imperative now than ever before. Nigerians are determined to stand in solidarity with our Nigerian brothers and sisters living and doing business in South Africa, and CDHR is committed to provide the stage as usual.