JIFORM Urges FG, AU Urgent Attention On Xenophobic Attacks In South Africa

Uploaded by on September 4, 2019


The Journalists International Forum for Migration, JIFORM has called on the Nigerian Government to take a decisive step in ending recurring xenophobic attacks on Nigerian in South Africa.

In the same vein, the body charged the African Union (AU) to wade into the current situation,which has given the continent a bad image.

According to a statement by President of JIFORM, Mr Ajibola Abayomi in Lagos, the prestige of the AU and its leaders were at stake and therefore called for immediate intervention.

The body also demanded sanctions against perpetrators of the attack and full compensation for the victims.

It described the xenophobic attacks as one too many adding that it negated the fundamental rights of people to movement.

JIFORM however cautioned against reprisal attacks believing that the matter could be resolved between both countries.

The body also wants the Nigerian government to look inward and improve on basic amenities that would ultimately improve the living conditions of the citizenry and limit the urge to migrate to another country.

It called on the AU to rise to the present situation by reminding authorities in South Africa to resurrect the true story on how Nigerians played a unique role during the emancipation of South Africa during the dark era of apartheid.

By Abiola PETERS

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