Former Anambra South Senator, Dr. Andy Uba has condemned the recent Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.
According to a statement from his Twitter page, Senator Uba noted the recent killings, looting, and burning of properties belonging to Nigerians in the South African country is contrary to the ideals that the great Nelson Mandela Fought for.
He added that the Nigeria-South Africa business relations which have endured for years may be on the verge of collapse if the current attacks are not stopped.
While urging both the Nigerian and South African governments to put heads together towards finding a solution to the crisis, the former Chairman, Senate Committee on Interior urged all South Africans not forget the sacrifices made by Nigerians in bringing Apartheid to an end.
His words: “I condemn in strong terms the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa which have resulted in the loss of lives and properties of some Nigerians.
“These acts of bigotry are entirely contrary to the very ideals that the great Nelson Madela fouth for. The South African people should not be quick to forget the sacrifices made by Nigerians in bringing Apartheid rule to an end.
“The Nigeria-South Africa business relations that have endured over the years may be on the verge of collapse if something drastic is not done to end these senseless killings and looting.
“I urge both the Nigerian and South African leaders to as a matter of urgency put heads together in bringing an end to these attacks,” he added.
Recall that Nigerian shops in South Africa were looted and burnt down by suspected South African hoodlums with three persons killed in the process.
This prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to send a special envoy to hold talks with President Cyril Ramaphosa in South Africa.
The death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa has continued to rise with the frequent xenophobic attacks between 2016 and 2019. Available estimates from Statistics South Africa and the United Nations show that over 30,000 Nigerians live in South Africa.
Data reveal that 127 Nigerians have been killed in three years, 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.