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Widows call for instant stoppage on xenophobic attacks

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  • Seek collaboration with ANPC

MEMBERS of a widow’s association, known as Virtuous Windows International Association have called on the Federal Government of Nigeria and the international community to as a matter of urgency, intervene in the inhuman act of xenophobia against Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa.

The widows disclosed this in Awka, while hosting newsmen to a Pres Conference, during which they totally condemned the attack as barbaric and man’s inhumanity to man, while decrying the rapidly increasing rate of widowhood and orphans in the country.

According to a statement released by the group and signed by the founder and International President of the association, Lady Ifeyinwa Bernice Egbosiuba; “for every one man killed, a family loses a husband, a father and ultimately the bread winner, which invariably leaves the woman a widow; and the society suffers the repercussions”.

The statement, which was read out by a member of the team and Lagos State’s Coordinator of the association, Mrs. Toyin Badmus reads in part: “We have presently observed the ongoing xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa and are here today to vehemently condemn it and reject it entirely as it negates the rights to live and exist as humans. It is barbaric actions of intimidation, hatred and harassment that have been a cycle of xenophobic violence in a country that has a long history of “orderings” which is souring and tainting the image of South Africa, a country that itself has suffered racism for so many years.

The group also paid a  courtesy visit to the MD/CEO of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Sir Chuka Nnabuife in his office at Awka.

Speaking at the event, the President of the Association, Lady Mrs. Ifeyinwa Egbosiuba described the group as an international non-governmental and non-profit making organization that promotes the welfare of widows through positive advocacy on rights of widows and empowerment initiatives, while maintaining that the visit was aimed at seeking the collaboration of National Light Newspaper as a media house in championing their calls, and amplifying their voices, so as to facilitate the achievement of their goals and objectives.

Mrs. Egbosiuba who shared her experience as a widow with seven children who lost her husband to Boko Haram attack, confessed that many widows are suffering and passing through a lot of pitiable conditions across the country, with no one to console or run to their rescue, while many women are still losing their own husbands on daily basis, especially through the xenophobic attacks currently going on in South Africa, Boko haram attack, Fulani herdsmen attack, cultism, and other such life-claiming attacks going on in different parts of the country.

These, she said, was the primary reason why they deemed it necessary to identify and collaborate with ANPC, in their cause to reduce or curtail these problems, through interventions from the government, international organizations like the United Nations, private organizations, influential individuals, and in fact everybody in any little way he can.

Earlier in his introductory speech, the Media Coordinator of the association, Comr. Obi Ibegbunam, who led the delegates to the visit described the on-going xenophobic attack against Nigerians in South Africa as worrisome and contributory to the rapid increase in the rate of widowhood across the country.

Responding, the MD and CEO of the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Sir Chuka Nnabuife eulogized the association for taking such a bold step, while affirming that the purpose of the visit was of great interest to him as a person and to ANPC as an organization. He described ANPC as an organization that is very concerned about sanity of the society, safety and security of lives and property, and an organization that calls for a sense of decorum amid the condemnable number of issues going on in the country and beyond.

Condemning the resurfacing of the Xenophobic Attacks against Nigerians in South Africa, he said the attack had simply come to aggravate or worsen the plights of the country which has long been under the torment of many problems, ranging from economic instability to security challenges, among other challenges ruffling the entity.

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