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#XENOPHOBIA: Ensure govt of S’Africa compensates Nigerians, Anambra Assembly charges Buhari



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The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria has been urged to ensure that the South African Government adequately compensates Nigerians affected by the recent wave of xenophobic attacks in the former apartheid enclave.

The call was made by the Anambra State House of Assembly on Friday, which especially demanded that Nigerians, whose investments and businesses were looted and vandalised during the attacks should be compensated.

The resolution was reached after a motion raised by Dr Timothy Ifedioranma (Njikoka II) on the floor of the House, under matters of Urgent Public Importance.

While reacting to the killings of other African nationals and the wanton destruction of property by anti-foreigner protesters in South Africa, Ifedioranma described the attacks as barbaric, cruel, nefarious, inhuman, and crime against humanity.

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He said; “Businesses owned by foreigners, predominantly Nigerians, resident in Johannesburg, Jeppestown, Durban and other parts of South Africa were subjected to attacks.

“This resulted in loss of lives and valuable property, as well as rendering over 5,000 people internally displaced.

“We appreciate the frantic efforts by the Federal Government to recall the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, shunning the World Economic Forum on Africa hosted by S/A, as well as assisting Nigerians wishing to leave the country.

“The Banjul Charter of 1986 indicates that citizens of the member states, who are parties to the charter, are entitled to rights to freedom from discrimination, life, human dignity and ownership of property.

“We call on the government to rise to the challenge of protecting the lives of Nigerians in the Diaspora and ensure that their businesses and property are well protected,” he said.

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