Xenophobia: Why Nigerians may attack South African companies in Nigeria - Fani-Kayode

Xenophobia: Why Nigerians may attack South African companies in Nigeria - Fani-Kayode

Xenophobia: Why Nigerians may attack South African companies in Nigeria - Fani-Kayode

Speaking on the floor of Parliament Friday, the Minority Chief Whip said he has stopped buying South African products since the last hate attacks in 2015.

After an outburst of attacks on property owned by foreign nationals in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, and neighboring Johannesburg, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference justice and peace commission called for restraint.

Many unemployed South Africans accuse foreigners of taking their jobs.

"These attacks should not be allowed to continue because it is a big setback", he said. "In the midst of all were some criminals who seized the opportunity to steal some customers' phones and other things", a witness who craved anonymity said. At least 10 houses suspected to belong to foreign drug lords and brothel owners have been set alight during a protest in Rosettenville.

"I'm saying the numbers of foreigners in South Africa are far more than the numbers that Europe is fighting about", he said in a statement on 23 February.

South African police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up clashes between local protesters and immigrants in Pretoria on Friday (Feb 24) at a march against foreigners.

"Many citizens of other countries living in South Africa are law abiding and contribute to the economy of the country positively", Zuma said.

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Government's calls for peace from those challenging foreigners in the country can seem insignificant given the current and past violence.

The protesters were received by the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Clement Aduku, who urged calm and said that the Federal Government was engaging in talks with its South African counterpart on the matter.

Earlier, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Abuja staged a peaceful protest against the attacks. "We are not condoning violence, but it will be wrong not to reflect the concerns of South Africans, especially with regard to drug trafficking".

The resolution followed a motion by Rita Orji, a PDP member from Lagos State, who decried how Nigerians are being unjustly targeted in that country.

There have been recorded cases of attacks on non-South Africans in recent times. South African officials are appealing to people to refrain from remarks that could incite violence.

Alhaji Muntaka asked why diplomacy should be continued to be used in addressing the maltreatment of foreign nationals while they continued to be killed and suffer in South Africa.

"In science they say you use malaria to cure malaria, now you use madness to cure their madness, and that is why we are advising them to leave Nigerian soil before 48 hours".

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