NED NWOKO CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA.
….APPEALS AGAINST BACKLASH ON SA INVESTMENTS IN NIGERIA.
Anioma – born patriot and international lawyer, Hon. prince Ned Nwoko has expressed shock and dismay over wave of violent attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, resulting in deaths.
In a statement today in Abuja, Hon. Nwoko former member of the House of Representatives,Aniocha/Oshimili Federal constituency, condemned the reported killings of Nigerian immigrants and destruction of their properties by South African mob.
Prince Nwoko noted that loss of lives of innocent Nigerians at home or abroad was unacceptable and regrettable.
He described the mayhem on foreigners particularly Nigerians by suspected South African hoodlums as unprovoked, barbaric and criminal.
Recalling history, Nwoko, stated that the xenophobic attacks by South Africans betrayed ingratitude and lack of good neighborliness against the monumental sacrifice and contributions of Nigeria to the end of Apartheid in South Africa.
” Nigeria and her citizens worldwide played a central role in the struggle for independence and liberty for black South Africans against decades of supremacist white rule . South Africa owes Nigeria respect not ridicule . The bloodshed against citizens of a fellow African country that had greatly showed herself as a benefactor is immoral . It is totally objectionable ” Nwoko said.
The former lawmaker called for urgent action by the federal government to protect Nigerians and their properties in South Africa .He particularly urged the federal authorities to initiate immediate bilateral engagement with the South African government to halt the atrocious assaults on Nigerians. According to Nwoko, ” the Nigerian government must engage the South African government to ensure that the culprits are punished and adequate compensation paid to those affected or the families of the deceased”
The philanthropist and entrepreneur however appealed to Nigerians to shun all temptations of attacking South African investments in Nigeria.
” Businesses such as MTN and Shoprite have nothing to do with these heinous acts by South African gangsters and we must be guided in our utterances and actions . The companies are partly owned by Nigerians and employ thousands of Nigerians” He added.
While condemning the spate of South African attacks against Nigerians, Prince Nwoko concluded that restraint by the citizens and firm diplomatic measures by the federal government would checkmate the xenophobic violence.