10 March 2017

Nigeria: Calls for SA to Compensate Nigeria Over Xenophobia

Lagos — A UNITED States-based Nigerian-founded nonprofit organisation is advocating for South Africa to compensate families of Nigerians allegedly killed during xenophobic violence. More than 100 Nigerians have reportedly been killed over the past two years. Hope for Africa (HA), the nongovernmental organisation, proposed a timeframe of 180 days. "We expect nothing from all South African companies based in Nigeria to call the South African government to order and start compensating families for the loss of lives and properties in 180 days," HA Executive Director, Francis John, said. Stating from Kansas City, Missouri, Francis said such companies as Multichoice, DStv, MTN and Shoprite, among other South African companies, operating in Nigeria had combined total revenues over US$15,43 billion. "Hence, they can afford to compensate families for the loss of lives and properties in 180 days. These companies must note, you cannot kill Nigerians, extorting Nigerians for poor services and still cart away with huge profits," said John. He denounced sentiments against black foreign nationals in the Southern African country. "It is categorically clear. Black lives don't matter in South Africa resulting in consistent targeting and massacring." "These acts are unbearable, uncontainable, barbaric, uncivilized, to buttress it, black killing blacks in black-owned country and continent." John particularly bemoaned the attacks on Nigerians, whose country he said played a crucial role in helping end apartheid. Nigeria, he said, assisted Nigeria "financially, spiritually, morally, musically, politically and graciously." "From aforementioned contributions, Nigeria gained sanctions from its colonial masters, the British government." - CAJ News


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