Xenephobia: Buhari’s visit to Ramaphosa energizes Nigerians

Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA), is idealistic that the gathering among Nigerian and South African Presidents in October, will carry enduring answers for the repetitive xenophobia.

The President of NICASA, Mr Ben Okoli, made this known in a phone discussion with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Okoli said President Muhammadu Buhari and his South African partner Cyril Ramaphosa, were relied upon to meet in October to talk about modalities to address assaults on Nigerians living in that nation.

“We are anticipating the state visit by President Buhari and we accept his coming will help decrease the enduring Nigerians experience in South Africa.

“We will utilize the chance to lay our grievances to the president and feature security of lives and properties of our individuals, as the zone of worry that we need tended to.

“We will likewise have the option to get confirmation from our host nation’s leader towards verifying lives and properties of Nigerians here.

“We trust the visit will comfort Nigerians here, in light of the fact that we anticipate that our situation should be postponed before the host government, so they can give sufficient insurance to guarantee Nigerians have a sense of security,” he said.

He regretted the oppression of Police agents in South Africa on issues that concerned Nigerians, saying issues like mercilessness and killings ought to be brought to the fore at the gathering.

“We will list all possibilities that could realize financial advantages and development to Nigerians through the foreseen state visit,” he said.

He said that Nigerians ha, with no dread of inconsistency, contributed tremendously to the development of the South African economy.

“We ask the South African Government to guarantee that the assaults don’t reoccur. We advance to them to gadget elective systems since past endeavors to stop xenophobia have not worked.

“We accept xenophobia can be halted and in this manner offer toward the South African government to give aid to outsiders who have lost their wellspring of job, particularly Nigerians.

He complimented the Nigerian Consulate General to South Africa, Godwin Adama, for the genius dynamic advances he had so far taken to drench pressure through the media in that nation.

“The mission’s entryway has never been closed against Nigerians; it has constantly kept its entryway open.

“What happened is that after the emergency in Pretoria where South African’s obliterated Nigerian organizations and property, those whose property were annihilated went to the mission out of dissatisfaction and outrage.

“I comprehend the circumstance; it is difficult for someone to lose his property and simply be viewing; however the mission entryway was not closed against them,” he said.

He said they were welcome in and gotten by an authority of the office who went similarly as sorting out nourishment and beverages for them to ensure that they are agreeable.

“So they were taken care of and no one would state that the door was closed against them.

“The mission permitted them in despite the fact that they came in by power and devastated some portion of the passageway.

“They were urged to proceed to ascertain their misfortunes and bring back the report through the association. In this way, we are really working together with individuals who have lost their property.

“We are taking stock of what our kin lost, which I will make accessible to the high official in due time,” Okoli said. (NAN)

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