Group condemns killings in South Africa

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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The National Association of Seadogs, NAS, has condemned the killings of Nigerians in South Africa and urged the government to take steps in halting the xenophobic attacks.

NAS, which is known as Pyrates Confraternity, described the latest xenophobic attack on Nigerians in South Africa as ‘one too many’.

In a statement issued by the association and signed by Kwaghbunde Gbahabo, a legal practitioner, NAS urged the Nigerian Government to address the crisis diplomatic response.

The association urged the government to demand the prosecution of those responsible for the attacks, stating in recent times, “xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa have assumed an alarming proportion”.

In fact, there is no period in the last six months that Nigerians working in South Africa have not been attacked.

According to the statement, “the killing of Nigerians and looting of their businesses in South Africa have gone without any meaningful response from the South African Government”. 

It further indicated, “NAS is pained to observe that the South African government and her security agencies have stood by as if they are helpless to arrest the inhumanity to Nigerians and other foreigners in that country.”

Prosecute offenders
It also demanded for the prosecution of South African government officials, who have openly supported and justified the attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners living in the country.

NAS noted that Nigerians also reside and work in other countries abroad besides South Africa, adding that xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa had assumed a worrisome dimension.

 

Sammie Idika