Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on Wednesday, advised the Nigerian government to consider suing the South African Government to demand compensation for Nigerian victims of the xenophobic attacks in that country.
Falana, who is the National Chairman of Peoples Alternative Front, wants the South African government sued in the courts of the country which owed its liberation from apartheid rule to the support of Nigeria and many other African nations.
He insisted that the southern African country’s ruling “African National Congress must accept responsibility for the misdirected antagonism against poor African immigrants”.
Falana, who maintained that South African government’s act to condemn the crisis was not enough, demanded that the administration of President Cyril Ramaphosa must fish out and prosecute the perpetrators of the attacks.
He asked the President Buhari-led Federal Government to demand compensation for the Nigerian victims from the South African Government.
His words: “Apart from the official condemnation of the shameful and cowardly attacks the South African Government should fish out the culprits and prosecute them.
“In addition to the payment of adequate compensation to all the victims of the mindless attacks, the Government must teach South Africans about the immense contributions of the people of Cuba and a number of African countries to the struggle waged against apartheid and colonialism in the Southern African region.
“However, since the Cyril Ramaphosa administration is not likely to accede to the demand for compensation, the federal government should brief a team of lawyers to seek legal redress for the victims of the attacks in South African courts.
“The Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria should be directed to coordinate the legal defence.”
He also added that “In view of the regular harassment of Nigerians in South Africa and a few other African countries the federal government should make the Declaration to enable individual victims of human rights abuse to access the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights sitting in Arusha, Tanzania. Since there is no assurance that Nigerians and other Africans will no longer be subjected to xenophobic attacks the federal government should boycott the World Economic Forum scheduled to commence in South Africa on September 4,” he concluded.