Xenophobia: The Assembly of the African Union has failed Africa. Nigeria must act fast

Xenophobia: The Assembly of the African Union has failed Africa. Nigeria must act fast

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Xenophobia: The Assembly of the African Union (AU) has failed Africa. 

Dalo Bamshak 

A Lawyer and Policy Expert Dalo Bamshak has consummately reprehended the xenophobic attack on Nigerian's in South Africa following the recent killings of some Nigerians in the country. "This is nefarious, barbaric and a total violation of humanity" he said and  "unless" the AU wakes up from its "snatch forty wink's" and act accordingly, to protect the Peace and Unity of African states, as it is clearly stated in its aspirations and principles, this obnoxious xenophobic act, among others, will remains only a tip of the iceberg. Unless of course if truly its Agenda is dead on arrival as many perceive it to be.

The AU's aspiration in its 2063 Agenda, provides for A Peaceful and Secure Africa, the promise of Functional mechanisms at all levels for Peaceful Prevention and resolution of conflict, and the promotion of active dialogue- centred conflict prevention and resolution, such that by 2020 all guns will be silent across the African continent, a stable and peaceful Africa; strengthening mechanism for securing peace and reconciliation at all levels, as well as addressing emerging threats to Africa's peace and security, but clearly AU has failed Africa because guns are not only sounding aloud, Africans are also being burnt alive by other Africans. Pathetic!

What about the promises of an African where the fundamental human rights of the people is protected and secured? 

One of the objectives of the AU is to promote peace and security, and stability on the continent and to respect and protect the fundamental rights of Africans but it is crystal clear, audible to the deaf and visible to the blind that the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) who is charged primarily with policy implementation has either gone to sleep or lacks the will and capacity to. The PSC has been vested with the power, amongst other things to authorize peace support missions, to impose sanctions in cases of any unconstitutional or forceful change of government, and to take initiatives and actions when deems appropriate in response to potential or in any case actual conflicts as it is the decision making body of the organization and its decision are binding on member states.

Clearly stated in Article 4 (h) of the Constitutive Act, repeated in article 4 of the Protocol to the Constitutive act on the PSC, recognizes the right of the Union to intervene in member state in circumstances of wars crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. The Union has however, failed to deliver in line with the provisions of the above stated article. 

The 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, the 2005 Dafur conflict in Sudan, and the Xenophobic killings of Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa are clear indications of the failure of the AU.
Xenophobic attacks on Africans perceived to be foreigners by the South African indigenes did not just emanate from the blues, it has been going on for a long period. It is a total violation of humanity to take the life of another being, it not not accepted in any constitution of the world. 

This is the time for the AU to prove to Africans that they still have some relevance left in them and to change the impression created by Daniel Batidam an anti- curtuption advisory board member of the African Union who resigned after stating that the organization had multiple irregularities and that issues have come up over and over again regarding Corruption" which is perceived by the entire African continent by acting fast to curb and proffer working solutions this unacceptable xenophobic attacks before it gets out of hand.
" It is wise search for your missing black goat when it is day, for night cometh when no eyes can see" 


Dalo Bamshak (MSC)
Lawyer and Policy Expert

 

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