The Federal Government, yesterday, condemned the xenophobic attack being perpetrated by South Africans on Nigerians and other Africans living in the country.
In a statement made available to our correspondent on Thursday night by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, the Nigerian government described the act as “unprovoked attacks.”
The statement reads: “The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has received reports of xenophobic attacks in South Africa directed at migrants and migrant workers, especially of African origin. The attacks, according to the reports began two weeks ago with locals attacking and looting properties owned by fellow Africans including Nigerians.
“The attacks have led to the death of five people and the displacement of over 2000. Among those killed was a fourteen years old. The people and Government of Nigeria stands 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.
“The Government of Nigeria would like to use this medium to reiterate its abhorrence of violence and also stand firm in its conviction that no course will justice taking innocent lives.
“The Federal Government therefore call on the Government of South Africa to live up to its responsibilities and take all necessary steps to stop the ongoing xenophobic attacks and put in place policies and structures to prevent a reoccurrence. It is gratifying to note that, however, that the South African president has condemned the attack. In addition, the city of Durban has also organised rallies against xenophobia.”