Frontline civil society and human rights group, Center For Law and Civil Culture has sent a strong warning to the South African government to immediately stop the killings of Nigerians in the country or face popular revolt against its economic interest in Nigeria.
Two Nigerians, Chukwu Chukwumezeire and Olushola Ayanleye, were recently killed during xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa.
But in a petition sent to the South African High Commission in Lagos, signed by CLCC Executive Abduganeey Imran and Bayo Bernard, Chief Strategist ,a copy which was made available to the magazine, CLCC warns that it was prepared to lead a mass revolt to cripple South African economic interests in Nigeria, except the killings of Nigerians were halted.
The human rights group stated that the South African government appears not to have regard for human life, by allowing the killings to continue despite repeated calls to check xenophobic attacks against Africans, particularly Nigerians by South African youths.
As it’s, “the massacre of our brethren in your country is going on in South Africa unabated, it might interest you to note that the recent killings of Mr. Chukwu Chukwumezeire, a 39 years old from Imo State Nigeria and Mr. Olushola Ayanleye, an indigene of Ondo State, Nigeria whose lives were brought to an abrupt end, when shot dead on the 25th August, 2018 and 26th day of August, 2018 respectively brought to 122, the numbers of Nigerians who had been ruthlessly and callously killed in the most unfortunate circumstance in your country,” CLCC said.
The group said further that “It is highly disheartening to note that the South African government appears to be unperturbed and has not deemed it necessary to put in place appropriate mechanism to ensure the arrest and successful prosecution of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.
“Let it be clear that Nigerians who have been painfully watching the incessant Killings in your country with the hope that appropriate measures would be taken to curb the excesses of the criminals are now saying enough is enough of these senseless killings.”
CLCC stated that the peaceful atmosphere in Nigeria has enabled foreign investments in the country to flourish, that “Nigerians are not violent, they are law abiding and exceptionally good people, South African Companies in Nigeria are experiencing speedy growth and patronage, the emergence of just four South African companies in Nigeria in 1999, to almost 150 successful companies operating in Nigeria in recent time is a confirmation of this simple assertion.
In the interim,“ the CLCC has resolved that except a drastic and “Nigerians patronize products from South African companies at the expense of Nigerians produce/products. It is therefore not a surprise that trillions of Naira have been repatriated out of Nigerian to boost the economy of South Africa annually.
“It is imperative that your country act fast on this issue, to prevent mass revolt by from civil rights groups in Nigeria, who are now ready to mobilize other fellow Nigerians in their millions against patronizing products from companies that have economic and commercial ties with South Africa.
unprecedented steps are genuinely and promptly taken to halt the continuous massacre of Nigerians in South Africa, we shall ensure that a petition is written to the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICCJ) in The Hague against President Cyril Ramaphosa and other South African government official who have failed in their duty to put an end to the ceaseless pogrom against Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa,” CLCC stated