Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has urged the Federal Government to go beyond diplomatic rhetorics and compel the South African government to immediately stop the attacks and killing of Nigerians living in that country.
In a statement released in Abuja, Tuesday, Abaribe described the unwarranted attacks killings of Nigerians by South Africans as barbaric the declaring that the seeming cold approach of the South African government to the vexed issue, cast it as being complicit.
“That being the case, our government must go beyond diplomatic niceties and ensure the protection of our people living in that country henceforth. The Presidency, must stamp its feet on the ground and call that government to order.
“We have an emergency, this is not the time to play ‘good guy’ international diplomacy. The gory picture of our people being slaughtered on the streets of South Africa in recent times lowers our collective spirit, even as it tends to diminish Nigeria’s prestige in the committee of nations. The presidency must stop the dripping,” Abaribe said.
The lawmaker added that it’s inconceivable that South Africans will go this deplorable route against Nigerians, who committed huge human and material resources during their very dark hours in the ignoble days of apartheid in that country.
“It is very unfortunate, inhumane and runs against the grains of our African brotherhood”, he added.
The Minority leader however acknowledged efforts by the Federal Government to build international consensus on the matter, but advised that the government should do more considering the rising frustration among Nigerians.
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