former deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has called on the federal government to cut all diplomatic ties with South Africa over the incessant killings of Nigerians in the country. Ekweremadu while condemning the killings said the attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa is “very un-African, barbaric, and unparalleled acts of ingratitude.” He said that it is quite disturbing that the government of South Africa is yet to take any decisive steps to end these attacks, which have led to wanton loss of lives and properties of fellow Africans, especially Nigerians.
The former deputy Senate president said the attacks defy and desecrate everything African brotherhood stands for, especially for a country that gained freedom with the support, sweat, and sacrifice of fellow African nations among which Nigeria clearly stands out.
Stating that the attacks have reached scary and desperate degrees, Ekweremadu called for desperate actions from the Nigerian government, other African nations, and the African Union. Ekweremadu said: “It will therefore not be out of place for the federal government to suspend diplomatic relations with SA until full assurance of safety of Nigerians and their properties in South African are secured, adequate compensation paid for the damages, and the perpetrators also brought to book.” “The African Union must rise up to the occasion now. The AU could be reduced to an empty shell if law abiding African nationals cannot find peace and safety in a fellow African nation like South African, but are instead savaged by people who should be their brother’s keeper.” “The AU should therefore summon an emergency session to sanction South Africa; and a suspend from the Union for unprovoked acts of hostilities against fellow Africans whose countries fought for the freedom they enjoy today will not be out of place,” the former deputy Senate president said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former lawmaker and executive director of the African Centre for Peace and Development, Shehu Sani, had also condmened the attacks on Nigerians and other African natives in South Africa.
Sani advised the Nigerian government not to sit back and watch the attacks on its citizens but to take punitive measures aimed at ensuring an end to the attacks on Nigerians by South Africa