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Xenophobia in S. Africa: Nigerians, Ghanaians in Europe seek AU’s intervention

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A cross section of Nigerians and Ghanians in Europe on Wednesday urged the African Union (AU) to intervene in the escalating xenophobic attacks in South Africa. 

In telephone interviews with the Europe Correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency they condemned the attacks and described it as misplaced anger. 

Dr. Lawrence Ekpo, a political analyst in Geneva said that AU had failed millions of Africans by not adequately reacting to the attacks. 

“It is really disappointing that the AU at this crucial time in our continent has not done much other than a mere condemnation of reports of xenophobia in South Africa”

 a strong message to the South African government to ask it to put its nation in order or risk suspension and sanctions,” Ekpo said. 

 Africans to attack foreigners living in their country. 

 forgotten how Nigeria, Ghana , Zambia and others helped in fighting Apartheid instead they are now waging war against their own Africa brothers”

 and unemployment which are rooted in Apartheid.

“The South African government ought to have addressed these challenges a long time ago,’’ he said.

Adelaja also said it was disturbing that AU was yet to take a decisive action on xenophobia in spite of the rate of violence and murders committed by South African protesters.

Others, who spoke from Spain, Italy, France, and the UK unanimously urged the AU to suspend South Africa from its fold until Xenophobia is stopped. 

 no longer safe for doing business

 and other migrants are targeted, it then means there is no safety for big investors,” they stressed. 

 intervene in the matter as it was capable of causing reprisal attacks which could lead to crisis in Southern Africa.

It will be recalled that random xenophobia attacks have occurred since 2004 but the recent crisis was triggered by local disputes – with migrants being accused of taking jobs away from South Africans.

Many businesses owned by Nigerians have been burnt down and their owners attacked in the southern African country.  

HAB/YEE

(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

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