President Buhari of Nigeria

By Eseoghene Emuke

President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to sever diplomatic ties with South African government over the continued attacks on Nigerians by South Africans.

Convener, Patriotic Awareness Guild (PAG), Mr Bernard Oyabevwe, stated this on Tuesday, saying that only a hard stand decision against the South African government and its people would address the attacks on Nigerians.

Oyabevwe alleged that the posture of the South African government clearly shown it was in full support of the attacks on Nigerians particularly those who are legitimately doing business in that country.

The PAG convener stated that once the government of Nigeria cut ties with its South Africa brother, the consistent killing and destruction of businesses owned by Nigerians would immediately stop.

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Oyabevwe, a lawyer, while condemning the incident, lamented that the attacks and killing, were continuing because the Nigerian government was not taking the necessary action against her South Africa brother.

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According to him, “The current situation in South Africa as touching on immigrants, especially Nigerian immigrants has  assumed a new dimension and degenerated into a humanitarian crisis that require urgent attention.

“Please be advised that the ongoing wave of violence against migrants there now is preditermined, planned and coordinated and there is every reasonable likelihood that the South African government is complicit in it.

“The attackers have come all out this time to drive home the point on behalf of their government that foreigners, especially Nigerians are no longer welcome in their country.”

The statement called on President Buhari and concerned Nigerians to urgently take proactive action to immediately stem to the attacks on Nigerians.

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It further called on United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) to sanction South Africa over the ugly incident as a deterrent for their complicity in their citizens’ action against immigrants.

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“The time to act is now! We call on the government, and urge all concerned Nigerians, at home and abroad to bring pressure to bear on the Nigerian government to make all haste to evacuate Nigerians from that hell hole of a country.

“We also demand that the South African government be made to answer for crimes against humanity for her failure and complicity in the inhuman actions of her citizens.

“We urge the government of the federal republic of Nigeria to sever all diplomatic ties with South Africa as soon as possible while calling on the AU and UN to place appropriate sanctions on South Africa.

“We call on all Nigerians in South Africa to be vigilant, at alert and be ready to defend themselves and seize every opportunity to get out of that country”, it added.


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