Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to cut all diplomatic ties with South Africa following a spate of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals living in that country.
Ekweremadu who described the killings as an unparalleled acts of ingratitude from South Africa, said that the Nigerian government must sever all ties with South Africa over the carnage.
Ekweremadu said the attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa is ‘very un-African, barbaric, and unparalleled acts of ingratitude.’
He said that it is quite disturbing that the government of South Africa is yet to take any decisive steps to end these attacks which have led to the wanton loss of lives and properties of fellow Africans, especially Nigerians.
The former Deputy Senate President said the attacks defy and desecrate everything African brotherhood stands for, especially for a country that gained freedom with the support, sweat, and sacrifice of fellow African nations among which Nigeria clearly stood out.
Ekweremadu noted that the attacks have reached scary and desperate degrees and called for desperate actions from the Nigerian government, other African nations, and the African Union.
“It will therefore not be out of place for the federal government to suspend diplomatic relations with South Africa until full assurance of safety of Nigerians and their properties in that country are secured, adequate compensation paid for the damages, and the perpetrators also brought to book.
The African Union must rise up to the occasion now. The AU could be reduced to an empty shell if law abiding African nationals cannot find peace and safety in a fellow African nation like South African, but are instead savaged by people who should be their brother’s keeper.
The AU should therefore summon an emergency session to sanction South Africa. They should also be suspended from the Union for unprovoked acts of hostilities against fellow Africans whose countries fought for the freedom they enjoy today.”