Following xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa, a member of the House of Representatives from Ilaje/Ese-Odo federal constituency of Ondo State, Hon Kolade Victor Akinjo has condemned the senseless killings of innocent Nigerians and destruction of their properties in South Africa.
In a Press Statement, the federal lawmaker urged citizens in Ondo state resident in South Africa to tread cautiously and reflect the moral values that dignify the Sunshine state.
“I strongly condemn in entirety the killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians who are in south Africa either for business or residential purposes.”
“It is disheartening to see videos of such brutality perpetrated by fellow Africans, especially one as South Africa that had a very long walk to freedom from undue oppression and discrimination that ravaged the country for many years.”
Akinjo said, “I sympathize with families of the victims in this unfortunate and highly uncivilised approach occasioned by unjustifiable resentment that has cost lives and properties, May God strengthen their hearts at this trying time.”
“I also use this medium to call on the International community to send strong messages both in action and words against this ugly trend, to forestall future recurrence.”
The House of Reps member noted that, “I believe the Nigeria government now than ever must stand up to its ultimate responsibility of securing the lives and properties of teeming citizens both at home and in diaspora.”
“And I call on Ondo state citizens resident In SouthAfrica to tread cautiously and reflect the moral values that dignify the sunshine state.”
“Finally, in the face of these daunting security challenges, adversity and deep hurt caused Nigerians as well as the attendant effects on our dear country’s national identity, we are left with no option than to harness our diversity for great exploits. Once again, My heart goes out