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FG urged to compensate forced returnees from South Africa

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THE Federal Government is duty bound to insist on adequate compensation to all the Nigerians affected by the recent xenophobia attacks in South Africa as a deterrent measure to forestall any recurrence, and to demonstrate its commitment to the security of Nigerians.

Former Chairman of the Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB), Chief  Nzemeka Olisa, made the assertion and advocated that the issue should not be handled with kid’s gloves due to the frequency of the xenophobic attacks, just as he prescribed a litigation at the international criminal court, Hague against the South Africa authorities for the atrocious crimes against humanity.

Chief Olisa condemned the incident which negated the spirit of brotherhood amongst Africans and urged the FG to immediately initiate the necessary action if the South African government fails to pay adequate compensation to the victims.

He, however, advised against reprisal attacks on South Africans and their investments in Nigeria, adding that such attacks would not augur well with the nation’s economy, as many people working in those establishments would be rendered jobless.

Also reacting to the unfortunate development, a member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Charles Obimma, representing Oyi Constituency, frowned against the unwarranted hostilities against Nigerians, and the nonchalant attitude of the South African government in making no effort to quell the xenophobic attacks or bring the culprits to book.

Obimma rued that the sad incidence could derail diplomatic relationship amongst African countries, pointing out that South Africa could be sanctioned by the African Union (AU) as a deterrence against future recurrence, if the FG adopts such option.

The lawmaker insisted that “President Ramaphosa of South Africa was not fair and sincere in dealing with the matter”, especially the provocative refusal to grant easy access to the Air Peace flights sent to evacuate the stranded Nigerians.

He appealed to the FG and state governments, philanthropic individuals and corporate bodies to help rehabilitate the returnees to enable them start a new phase for survival.

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