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Xenophobic Attacks: Nigerians In Diaspora Fear Attack

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This type of brutality has been going on too frequently, and we need to address it. Nigerians are getting killed almost every day; we need to be protected by our government and the governments of those countries where they reside in either legally or illegally.

“Many Nigerians that are living abroad are living in fear as a result of xenophobic attacks, especially in South Africa,” according to The Centre for Protection of Nigerians in the Diaspora (CPND).

Alex Orji, the President of CPND, shared this feeling while they had a candlelight scene in honour of the death of a Nigerian, Mrs Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwu, who was murdered in a hotel in South Africa.

The candlelight was held at the Liberty Bridge, Maryland, Lagos.

He further said, “Nigerians deserved better treatment from the South African Government away from the killings being experienced.”

“The reason for these ugly incidents was because the government of South Africa refused to act on those killings. It has got to the level that the woman killed was visiting South Africa, with this ugly trend; there is a need to speak out veraciously. Nigerians have been so good to their South African hosts.”

“No one is allowed to take another mans life. The killers should be made to face the full wrath of the law. I will also implore people to always check on their people living abroad since we are now in the age of social media where contacts can be made easily,” he said.

Adding to the president comments, Mofe Oyatogun of Star FM, frown at the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
She said, “the killing of Ndubuisi-Chukwu should be a wake-up call for the government.”

“The people of South Africa have no reason for killing Nigerians, more so, and they also have their people residing in Nigeria unmolested.

“I remembered all the efforts Nigeria had to put up during the apartheid regime and how my mum fed several South Africans in our home, so is this how they want to reward us?

“Nigerians are wonderful, hardworking people in spite of derogatory remarks against us in certain quarters, we deserve to be treated with respect; so we are calling for justice,” she said.

Omoyele Sowore, the AAC presidential candidate during the just concluded election also said, “Obianuju was an industrious woman killed in South Africa even though she was not a resident.

This type of brutality has been going on too frequently, and we need to address it. Nigerians are getting killed almost every day; we need to be protected by our government and the governments of those countries where they reside in either legally or illegally.

“Government needs to constitute strong a diplomatic committee to look into these issues of wanton killings to find a lasting solution. The truth is that most Nigerians are now living in palpable fear of attacks, especially in South Africa where they are experiencing xenophobic attacks.”

Responding to this attack, the President of Nigeria Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, said: “there must be justice for the murdered woman and others unjustly killed in the country.”

“What we want is justice for her and nothing more. If we have been fair to the South Africans in the face of provocations, while they have their businesses here, their government should know better. What we want is for those perpetrators of her murder to be brought to justice,” Olubajo said.

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