Catholic Bishop Condemns Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa

Uploaded by on September 4, 2019


The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins wants the Federal Government to employ strong diplomatic means to address the attacks and killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

Archbishop Martins said in a statement in Lagos that if strong diplomatic measures are not applied the issue may escalate with enormous consequences.

He described the attacks as barbaric and reprehensible as it touched on the very core of African brotherhood.

The cleric chided the South African government for not doing enough to stem the tide and worst still when its Police officials were seen publicly rousing peoples’ anger against foreigners in their country without any visible repercussion.

He said that the action of the South African police gave an impression of some official endorsement of the mob action.

However, Archbishop Martins urged Nigerians in South Africa to continue to ensure that they present the nation in a good light, going about only legitimate businesses and professions.

He also appealed to youths in Nigeria not to engage in reprisals but show restraint and allow the relevant government agencies to exhaust all diplomatic means geared at stopping the attacks and bringing the perpetrators to book as soon as possible.

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