Xenophobia attack: Apology alone is not enough – AU ECOSOCC

September 20th, 2019

By Adelola Amihere

The African Union, Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU ECOSOCC) Nigeria chapter has commended South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s apology for the recent xenophobic actions, but said the attack must be brought to an end, and those involved prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

The Nigeria Representative, Mr Oba Olasunkanmi John Adebusuyi, in a statement on Thursday said South Africa is a signatory to African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights among many others that deals with the right of Africans to live and do business in any part of the continent without molestation.

Oba said South Africans violated all these charter and should bear some consequences according to the charter. This will prompt productiveness on the side of the government on issues that touches on human rights.

“I want to commend the South African President but also say apology alone is not enough. Other measures must be taken to prevent a re-occurrence of this inhuman actions on the part of its citizens.

“Those involved must be brought to book while the affected should be compensated with concrete assurance from the government that such will not happen again. We also want to urge the politicians not to take advantage of the situation.

“Above all there must be attitudinal change toward the value attached to lives,” he said

Meanwhile the Council also commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the constitution of the Economic Advisory Council, saying the quality of persons in the team shows that the president has good plan for the nation’s economic development. It is certain that Nigeria will witness a whole lot of progress if the president will take the advise of the team seriously.

“No doubt members of the team are men of high pedigree and are abreast of the economic situation of the nation at present. Nigerians should proffer good advise that will move the nation’s economy beyond its present state.

“But we will want to urge the president to take their policy advises serious as this will positively impact on the nation’s economy.

“We will also want to urge members of the team to shun politics and put the nation first. With the economic situation of the country, the government need experts like the members of the team to advise him, but the team must put Nigerians first and ensure every advise is targeted at taking the country out of this economic nightmare,” he said.

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