The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, has stated that the union is likely to report South Africa to the International Court of Justice in Hague, Netherlands, due to the excessive xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa.
According to him, “there’s a law globally that bind all countries including Nigeria and South Africa, and we expected the law to have been implemented over the violence that has become a norm for the South Africans. It is not a strange act.”
“we will be heading to the African Union and International court of justice, if the case we file against the government in its country over the inappropriate damages of property and looting, does not work.”
Reacting to the apology from the South African government which was seen as in genuine to have prompted the idea of reporting the government of South Africa to the ICJ, Prof Bola Akinterinwa, the former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, suggest that the apology letter sent by the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa to Nigeria should be available for all to see its sincerity.
He said, if the South Africans were sincere about their apology, their authority wouldn’t be hindering some Nigerians during the evacuation process while their envoy was in Nigeria.
“Part of the international diplomacy practices accept reparation, which implies South Africans must pay to compensate the victims of these dreadful attack.”
“What was written in the apology letter should be made public. It’s so expedient, we know.
The content of the apology letter has not been disclosed, and we can’t call such an apology. They sent delegates to make an apology that’s not enough. The apology must be done in view of eradicating the fear poised in the hearts of Nigeria citizens leaving in South Africa.”
“Was there any message about those killed in the letter of apology? What does the apology say about those who were killed? Also, when some Nigerians volunteered to come back, and the government of Nigeria arranged laissez-passer for them.
That is in the absence of the normally required passport, the High Commission of Nigerian arranged laissez-passer but which South Africa didn’t want to recognise, contrary to international diplomatic practice by asking them how they came to your country.”
“The South Africans say they don’t want foreigners, yet when they opt to return back to their country, they still don’t want to release them. So, why are you creating a new challenge for them to leave South Africa?
“The fact is that they burnt foreigners houses, most likely along with their passports. Where should they find another? This apology does not make any meaning to me until the nitty-gritty of it is made public.”