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  End the killing of Nigerians in South Africa News Analysis Fortune Abang Nigerian News Agency The frequent killing of Nigerians in South Africa over the years has raised concerns among Nigerians around the world and their citizens seek to put an end to the causal killing of their compatriots Their concerns stem from the fact that the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa both African economic giants since the independence era has always been cordial and mutually beneficial raising questions about why the killing of Nigerians should be carried out so casually in the former apartheid enclave Nigerians have particularly noted that their nation was one of the main supporters of the anti apartheid movements constantly fighting evil until it was eliminated In addition to contributing immensely to the emancipation of South Africa from the clutches of apartheid Nigerian civil servants also paid the Mandela Tax to support the African National Congress in the fight against apartheid The concern also hinged not only on why it is taking too long to put an end to the recurring killings of foreign nationals in South Africa but also that without precaution in addressing killings and property looting in the country there could be collateral damage there The recent murder of Mr Olusola Solarin on December 12 2021 and Mr Kingsley Ezeh on January 6 2022 both Nigerians residing in South Africa has further shocked Nigerians Their concerns are based on the fact that despite Nigeria s historic role in the liberation struggle of South Africans during the apartheid regime many Nigerians have died there as a result of recurrent killings Although there is no recent data update on the total number of Nigerians currently living in South Africa it was estimated in the 2016 Africa Community Survey that 30 314 people or about two percent of foreign born South Africans are from Nigeria Furthermore the data reveals that 127 Nigerians have been killed so far in the last three years while 13 of them were killed by the police Solarin was reported to have met his death while returning to his base after supplying trade goods to his clients outside of Johannesburg He was reportedly robbed and killed when he refused to hand over his winnings to his assailants As Nigerians mourned the passing of Solarin who has since been buried in the Makun community in Sagamu near Abeokuta in Ogun and concerned about the rising death toll of compatriots to more than 127 since 2019 the Nigerian Citizens Association of South Africa NICASA was in shock at the murder of Ezeh a native of Oduma Enugu State s Aninri local government allegedly a policeman on January 6 To most observers this is particularly repugnant because the killings come after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa sent a special envoy Jeff Radebe in September 2019 to apologize to President Muhammadu Buhari for the xenophobic attacks against foreigners on the grounds that such killings do not represent South Africa s value system Earlier Ramaphosa while condemning the violence stressed that steps were being taken to ensure the violence did not continue as South Africa suffered an international backlash for the xenophobic attacks The search for an end to these killings has gained importance amid various warnings and negotiations by both countries aimed at stopping the killings Analysts have noted that other citizens living and working in South Africa have suffered a similar fate but noted that Nigeria appears to bear the brunt and reiterated the need to end the slaughter of their compatriots in South Africa In this regard analysts have underlined the need for urgent measures aimed at putting an end to these types of extrajudicial executions in order to safeguard the lives and property of Nigerians in South Africa Mr Benjamin Okoli President General of NICASA said that Ezeh s death was circumstantial like others at the hands of members of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department JMPD Okoli explained that Ezeh s death was a systemic xenophobic way of killing Nigerian citizens by the South African police According to him if Ezeh was a criminal the police should have arrested and prosecuted him noting that his death among others was a situation where Nigerians were arbitrarily killed without justification Members of the JMPD invaded the owned tire store on the afternoon of January 4 where they allegedly mistreated him while extracting information from him Okoli alleged What led to Ezeh s death on January 4 remains a mystery that will be unraveled he added Furthermore Mr Danielson Akpan former president of the National Association of Nigerian Students emphasized the need for the South African government to take proactive steps to end the killings in the country According to him Nigerian students will not sit idly by and watch the cowardly acts of violence continue We have seen the powerlessness of the South African government in imposing itself on South African citizens and we wish to condemn in no uncertain terms the continued pampering of those involved Each nation has its own internal crisis no citizen of other nations should be sacrificed for the criminal activities of South Africans or anyone else Akpan said Ms Abike Dabiri Erewa President and CEO of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission NiDCOM has emphasized the need for a thorough investigation into the murders of Nigerians in the country and to bring the perpetrators to justice According to her the incessant and unjustifiable killing of Nigerians in South Africa will no longer be tolerated as Nigerians are already running out of patience with the growing scourge Dabiri Erewa said We are reaching a tipping point where one more Nigerian death in South Africa will be unbearable for Nigerians All Nigerians are angry that no more killings of Nigerians will be tolerated in South Africa However he assured that high level diplomatic efforts between the Nigerian government and the South African government were ongoing to resolve the matter saying We can still make diplomacy work In line with this Naledi Pandor Minister in charge of International Relations of South Africa has urged African leaders to take collective responsibility for addressing xenophobic attacks Pandor said this while addressing diaspora civil society organizations in Pretoria adding that he would also meet with the communities where the violence erupted to understand their concerns The condition of our continent must change and we must send a clear message to our leaders that we expect this change not only in South Africa but in every country on the African continent Pandor said Like Pandor analysts agree that the slaughter of Nigerians in South Africa could be stopped through a diplomatic response and the prosecution of those responsible for attacks against foreign nationals in that country In particular they noted that the recurrent attacks and killings of Nigerians in South Africa were a violation of their fundamental right to life and noted that the situation was capable of jeopardizing mutual relations between the two nations Characteristics Keep reading Source NAN
Ending the killing of Nigerians in South Africa

End the killing of Nigerians in South Africa

News Analysis, /Fortune Abang, Nigerian News Agency

The frequent killing of Nigerians in South Africa over the years has raised concerns among Nigerians around the world, and their citizens seek to put an end to the causal killing of their compatriots.

Their concerns stem from the fact that the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa, both African economic giants since the independence era, has always been cordial and mutually beneficial, raising questions about why the killing of Nigerians should be carried out so casually in the former apartheid enclave.

Nigerians have particularly noted that their nation was one of the main supporters of the anti-apartheid movements, constantly fighting evil until it was eliminated.

In addition to contributing immensely to the emancipation of South Africa from the clutches of apartheid, Nigerian civil servants also paid the “Mandela Tax” to support the African National Congress in the fight against apartheid.

The concern also hinged not only on why it is taking too long to put an end to the recurring killings of foreign nationals in South Africa, but also that without precaution in addressing killings and property looting in the country, there could be collateral damage there. .

The recent murder of Mr. Olusola Solarin on December 12, 2021 and Mr. Kingsley Ezeh on January 6, 2022, both Nigerians residing in South Africa, has further shocked Nigerians.

Their concerns are based on the fact that despite Nigeria’s historic role in the liberation struggle of South Africans during the apartheid regime, many Nigerians have died there as a result of recurrent killings.

Although there is no recent data update on the total number of Nigerians currently living in South Africa, it was estimated in the 2016 Africa Community Survey that 30,314 people, or about two percent of foreign-born South Africans, are from Nigeria. .

Furthermore, the data reveals that 127 Nigerians have been killed so far in the last three years, while 13 of them were killed by the police.

Solarin was reported to have met his death while returning to his base after supplying trade goods to his clients outside of Johannesburg. He was reportedly robbed and killed when he refused to hand over his winnings to his assailants.

As Nigerians mourned the passing of Solarin, who has since been buried in the Makun community in Sagamu, near Abeokuta in Ogun, and concerned about the rising death toll of compatriots to more than 127 since 2019, the Nigerian Citizens Association of South Africa (NICASA) was in shock at the murder of Ezeh, a native of Oduma, Enugu State’s Aninri local government, allegedly a policeman, on January 6.

To most observers, this is particularly repugnant because the killings come after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa sent a special envoy, Jeff Radebe, in September 2019 to apologize to President Muhammadu Buhari for the xenophobic attacks. against foreigners, on the grounds that such killings do not represent South Africa‘s value system.

Earlier, Ramaphosa, while condemning the violence, stressed that steps were being taken to ensure the violence did not continue as South Africa suffered an international backlash for the xenophobic attacks.

The search for an end to these killings has gained importance amid various warnings and negotiations by both countries aimed at stopping the killings.

Analysts have noted that other citizens living and working in South Africa have suffered a similar fate, but noted that Nigeria appears to bear the brunt and reiterated the need to end the slaughter of their compatriots in South Africa.

In this regard, analysts have underlined the need for urgent measures aimed at putting an end to these types of extrajudicial executions in order to safeguard the lives and property of Nigerians in South Africa.

Mr. Benjamin Okoli, President General of NICASA, said that Ezeh’s death was circumstantial, like others, at the hands of members of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).

Okoli explained that Ezeh’s death was a “systemic xenophobic way” of killing Nigerian citizens by the South African police.

According to him, if Ezeh was a criminal, the police should have arrested and prosecuted him, noting that his death, among others, was a situation where Nigerians were arbitrarily killed without justification.

“Members of the JMPD invaded the owned tire store on the afternoon of January 4, where they allegedly mistreated him while extracting information from him,” Okoli alleged.

“What led to Ezeh’s death on January 4 remains a mystery that will be unraveled,” he added.

Furthermore, Mr. Danielson Akpan, former president of the National Association of Nigerian Students, emphasized the need for the South African government to take proactive steps to end the killings in the country.

According to him, Nigerian students will not sit idly by and watch the cowardly acts of violence continue.

“We have seen the powerlessness of the South African government in imposing itself on South African citizens and we wish to condemn, in no uncertain terms, the continued pampering of those involved.

“Each nation has its own internal crisis; no citizen of other nations should be sacrificed for the criminal activities of South Africans or anyone else,” Akpan said.

Ms. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, President and CEO of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has emphasized the need for a thorough investigation into the murders of Nigerians in the country and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

According to her, the incessant and unjustifiable killing of Nigerians in South Africa will no longer be tolerated, as Nigerians are already running out of patience with the growing scourge.

Dabiri-Erewa said: “We are reaching a tipping point where one more Nigerian death in South Africa will be unbearable for Nigerians.

“All Nigerians are angry that no more killings of Nigerians will be tolerated in South Africa.”

However, he assured that high-level diplomatic efforts between the Nigerian government and the South African government were ongoing to resolve the matter, saying: “We can still make diplomacy work.”

In line with this, Naledi Pandor, Minister in charge of International Relations of South Africa, has urged African leaders to take collective responsibility for addressing xenophobic attacks.

Pandor said this while addressing diaspora civil society organizations in Pretoria, adding that he would also meet with the communities where the violence erupted to understand their concerns.

“The condition of our continent must change, and we must send a clear message to our leaders that we expect this change not only in South Africa, but in every country on the African continent,” Pandor said.

Like Pandor, analysts agree that the slaughter of Nigerians in South Africa could be stopped through a diplomatic response and the prosecution of those responsible for attacks against foreign nationals in that country.

In particular, they noted that the recurrent attacks and killings of Nigerians in South Africa were a violation of their fundamental right to life, and noted that the situation was capable of jeopardizing mutual relations between the two nations. (Characteristics)

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