Shutting down South African businesses in Nigeria will not stop the killings and xenophobic attacks on Nigerians, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has said.
Her statement came on the heels of the killing of another Nigerian working as a taxi driver in South Africa Joseph Ajouna.
The gruesome killing of Ajouna occurred less than seven days Benjamin Simeon, also a Nigerian taxi driver was murdered by yet to be identified killers.
According to the leader of the Nigerian Citizens Association, Western Cape Province, Charles Eleberi, Ajouna was stabbed to death by the passenger he went to pick at Nyanga area of Cape Town. He is survived by a pregnant widow and two children.
Speaking on the retaliatory steps being planned by the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), Mrs Dabiri she had been persuading Nigerians not to take laws into their hands, however, said, “The South African Government is not showing the political will to stop xenophobic attacks and the killings of Nigerians,” she stated on Friday while featuring on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily.
Mrs. Dabiri stated that President Muhammadu Buhari and President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa would be meeting before the end of the year to discuss how to end the spate of xenophobic attacks against Nigerians resident in that country.
“For the first time since attacks against Nigerians in South Africa, several suspects have been arrested and are being investigated.
“The South African government has also said that it isn’t about xenophobic attacks but a high crime rate in the country. We’ll not allow crimes that are mostly targetted at Nigerian citizens to continue,” he handed down a strong warning.
Within three years, it was reported that over 100 Nigerians had been killed, “while 13 out of these were reportedly killed by South African police.
“The most disturbing of these killings are extrajudicial killings by the operatives of South African Police Service. From January to June 2019, 10 Nigerians have been killed, either by citizens of South Africans or South African Police Service, “Sahara Reporters said.
Reacting, a lecturer at the Department of History and International Studies at Lagos State University Dr. Dapo Thomas said attacks on Nigerians remained unabated in South Africa because of Nigeria’s weak foreign policy.
He said persistent warning would not stop the killing except Nigeria clearly defines is friends and enemies.
Recalled that on June 13, 2019, the Deputy Director-General of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Elizabeth Ndubusi-Chukwu was allegedly murdered in her hotel room at the Emperor Palace Hotel and Convention Centre in South Africa. She was in the country to attend a professional workshop.