In the past weeks, there have been news on the xenophobic attacks going on in South Africa, a place where many Nigerians reside or study.
Perhaps it is in view of this, that the federal government has called on the South African Government to live up to its responsibilities and take necessary steps to stop the on-going attacks in Benoni, Durban, and also put structures and policies in place to prevent a recurrence of attacks.
In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday, the federal government noted that it was gratifying that South African President Jacob Zuma had condemned the ongoing attacks, which have claimed the lives of two foreigners and three South Africans.
“The people and Government of Nigeria stand in solidarity with the rest of the world to condemn these unprovoked attacks on fellow Africans who have left their countries to seek greener pastures and better livelihood for themselves,” it read.
The Nigerian Government also reiterated its abhorrence for violence and conviction that no cause justifies taking innocent lives.
It was gathered that though none of the casualties is Nigerian, the federal government is closely monitoring the situation through its Mission in South Africa which is providing regular updates on the situation.
The latest violence was reportedly triggered by comments credited to influential Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, who asked foreigners to “pack their bags” and leave.
The South African Government has also been criticized for not acknowledging such attacks as being fuelled by xenophobia, but as acts of criminality.