OrderPaperToday – Minority leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has urged the Federal Government to look beyond “diplomatic niceties” and ensure the protection of Nigerians living in South Africa.

Recently, attacks against Nigerians in South Africa resumed with several stakeholders condemning the act.

Contributing to this call, Abaribe in a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media, Uchenna Awom on Tuesday, described the attack as “barbaric and unwarranted” noting that the “seeming cold approach” of the South African government to the issue, “cast it as being complicit.”

The statement acknowledged the efforts of the Federal government to build international consensus on the matter but urged the presidency to “stamp their feet on the ground and call that government (South Africa) to order” due to rising frustration among Nigerians.

“We have an emergency, this is not the time to play ‘good guy’ international diplomacy. The gory picture of our people being slaughtered on the streets of South Africa in recent times lowers our collective spirit, even as it tends to diminish Nigeria’s prestige in the committee of nations. The presidency must stop the dripping”, he added.

Senator Abaribe recalled how Nigerians committed “huge human and material resources during their (South Africa) very dark hours in the ignoble days of apartheid”

“It is very unfortunate, inhumane and runs against the grains of our African brotherhood”, he added.


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