MANDATE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT SANCTION AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA FOR XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS

MANDATE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT SANCTION AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA FOR XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS

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PETITION TO MANDATE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT SANCTION AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA, FOR XENOPHOBIC KILLINGS AND ATTACK

Despite the continues loving curtsey shown by Nigeria to South Africa, as it is still on record that Nigeria spent over Sixty-One Billion US Dollars in fighting apartheid in South Africa, this not being the least or last of Nigeria’s contribution, South Africa continues to be hostile without provocation.


As far back as 2015 or further, there have been xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa, with no perpetrator brought to book for the killings and no compensation for the families for the loss of lives and property.


On the 2nd September, 2019, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, reportedly confirmed the attack on Nigerians in South Africa as well as the looting and destruction of businesses belonging to them.


Diplomatic relationship is built on mutual understanding with accruing mutual benefits. No nation goes into bilateral or multilateral relationship without thinking of its National interest first. In this light, to do nothing would be for Nigeria to continue to champion the course of Africa without corresponding benefit to her national interest.


It is with this in mind that we call on the government for the following SANCTIONS


i. Shutdown all South Africa owned businesses, interests and diplomatic offices.


ii. Suspend and review all trade agreements.


iii. Demand compensation for affected families.


iv. Demand justice for all victims of the attacks.


Of course, workers and investors in those South African companies in Nigeria are largely Nigerians and might appear as a bullet shot to one’s boot, at the expense of economic growth. That’s right. However, while this doesn’t matter is for the fact that such sanction is purposeful and arises to an effect.


Even if these sanctions are lifted minutes after implementation, it will be a clear message that the government communicates the feelings of its citizens. And, this is not asking for too much from a country that has a population advantage over erring racists whose security operatives have failed to ensure safety.


I must emphasise that population strength is an advantage. But how often does the government play this card to its favor? It is not enough to send delegates over to a country annihilating Nigerian citizens, there must be strong repercussion to discourage any future occurrence.


If the Legislative and Executive do not take stern measures against South Africa and all other countries that treat Nigerian citizens with disrespect it will weaken the ability of Nigeria to adopt a strong foreign policy and destroy the confidence of Nigerians in the government.

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