CLO lauds FG for taking concrete steps against attacks


The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) on Sunday commended the Federal
Government for taking concrete steps against xenophobic attacks on
Nigerians living in South Africa.


Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, CLO Chairman, Anambra State Chapter spoke to the newsmen in Enugu on measures taken by the government to tackle the

“ We commend the federal government through President Muhammadu Buhari for the decision to boycott the ongoing World Economic Summit in
solidarity and sympathy with hundreds of Nigerians killed in South

“We also applaud the government for its decision to temporarily recall
Nigeria Ambassador to South Africa for explanations and sending a
special envoy to get on-the-spot assessment on the issue,’’ Ezekwueme

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He said that the actions would assuage the anger of the people over
the killings since the South African government has done nothing to
apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators of the act to serve as
deterrent to others.

“There should be no sacred cows, silence means consent. Adequate
compensations must be paid to families of those who lost their lives
and properties.

“ Also, the South Africa government should tender an unreserved
apology to Nigeria and its people with s a promise never to continue
with killing..

“South Africa must reciprocate and appreciate the sacrifices made by
Nigerians and its government toward eradication of apartheid and
election of Nelson Mandela as President in 1994.

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“if Mandela is alive today, the impunity and inhumanity against
Nigerians will not happened,’’ he said.

The CLO boss recalled that his organisation had earlier appealed to
the South African government to prosecute perpetrators and put an end
to incessant killings.

He also called for the establishment of Nigeria in Diaspora Welfare
Committee in every country, noting that with such a committee, the
recent condemnable incidences would have being averted.

He advised Nigerians in Diaspora to respect the laws, cultures,
traditions and constitutions of their host countries and be good
ambassadors of the country.

He urged aggrieved Nigerians should not take laws into their hands but
rather be tactful, civil, dynamic and diplomatic in seeking amicable
and permanent solution to the problem.

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