Xenophobia: Buhari Has Failed to Protect Nigerians in South Africa – NUSA

  • Mgbo says there is a lack of political will to end the attack.
  • Calls for a stakeholders meeting.

Collins Mgbo, the Head, Secretariat of Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA) has said the Federal Government has failed to address the continued xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, Mgbo who criticised the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of not protecting the citizens in the diaspora, especially in South Africa adding that the High Commission has failed to live up to its responsibility.

“The Nigerian Policy statement is that the responsibility of the missions abroad is to make sure that the interests of her citizens are protected. Unfortunately, that is not achieved,” he said.

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Mgbo, who expected the Federal Government through the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa to engage the authorities urgently with a view to tackling the incessant killings of the citizens abroad said he regretted that the Nigerian envoys, when interviewed by journalists, do not condemn the unfortunate attacks.

“Whenever we see them on the television or in radio granting interviews, they are not coming forward. And I don’t believe that if their children are involved in this inhumane treatment, I don’t think this is how they are going to treat it. So they have failed us,” he told Channels TV.

While calling on President Buhari to “sit up,” Mgbo said there is a need for a stakeholder meeting with the Nigerian groups in South Africa on the way forward.

While stating that there is no political will to end the crisis, he said both the South African and Nigerian government can fight the scourge of killings.

iDONSABI.com reports that South African looters attacked foreign-owned businesses in central Johannesburg, a situation which left many Nigerians affected.

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The attack which happened two days ago came barely one week after a group of Nigerians staged a protest at the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital.

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