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Xenophobia: Dabiri-Erewa slams SA silence, calls for AU intervention

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  • Says attacks, unnecessary setback 

 

…Jude Johnson 

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has called on the African Union (AU) to urgently intervene in the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.

This is in response to the failure of the South African government to stop the continued killings in some parts of the country.

Dabiri-Erewa in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, described the attacks as an unnecessary setback.

She further called on the South African government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect Nigerian citizens and other Africans within borders.

The Nigerian Community in South Africa led by Mr. Ikechukwu Anyene confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday.

Anyene said that the union had reported the incident to the Nigeria mission and South African police.

“As we speak, five buildings with Nigerian businesses, including a church have been looted and burned by South Africans”, Anyene said.

Disturbed by this renewed attacks, Dabiri-Erewa advised Nigerians to be extra cautious as it looks like South African government seems to have no control over these attacks.

The SSA, however, urged restraint on the part of Nigerians and warned that further attacks without any reprimand may have dire consequences.

Dabiri-Erewa said the attention of the AU was being called to intervene because information had it that there will be another xenophobic attacks against foreigners on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23.

“These attacks should not be allowed to continue because it is a big setback,” she said.

Dabiri-Erewa had two weeks ago met with South African High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr. Louis Mnguni on the killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

Mnguni then promised that the South African government was investigating the matter.

“We have lost about 116 Nigerians in the last two years. And in 2016 alone, about 20 were killed. This is unacceptable to the people and Government of Nigeria,” Dabiri-Erewa said.

 


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