Friday, 6 September 2019

Xenophobia in South Africa : It's Time for Nigeria to Hit back —by Firsts Baba Isa

6 September 2019 

Let's face it. The hard truth is that South Africans continue to butcher Nigerians living in South Africa, burn them alive, rape our women and plunder their businesses while their government do nothing because we are also doing nothing.

Our government is more concerned with political correctness and some barren diplomacy more than protecting the lives and properties of Nigerians in South Africa. This must stop. Immediately. We must protect our citizens in South Africa. We must teach the South Africans that we will do whatever it takes to protect Nigerians. And this goes beyond constantly reminding them that we spent incalculable resources in helping break the yoke of apartheid that hung upon them once upon a time. 

We must stand up to act together as one or perish individually as fools. I believe the South African Government can stop this madness, they don't just care. Several of their officials are even fueling it by the reckless statements they make. 

They will not kill our people anymore. This most stop. Now.

We will not pour into the streets and start burning and killing South Africans in Nigeria. No. That's not who we are. We are not animals. We are not South Africans. 

We call on our government to take some immediate and quick actions. The National Assembly should immediately call off their recess. They should pass a bill that will make all South African businesses in Nigeria jointly and severally liable to pay damages to Nigerians, severally and jointly whose businesses were plundered in South Africa.

The Nigerian High Commission in South Africa should be shut down immediately and the High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria expelled immediately. Tough economic and political sanctions should be placed on South Africa.

Then the process of economic nationalism should be the last resort if the South African government refused to step up and protect the lives of Nigerians in South Africa.

Enough is enough.

- By Firsts Baba Isa (FBI)

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