Ezekwesili Meets Nigerians In South Africa, Demands Apology From President Ramphosa

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria in
the 2019 election, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili and leaders of the Nigerian
community in Cape Town have called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to
apologise to countries whose citizens were attacked during the
xenophobic killings in South Africa.

The meeting held on the
sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa,
comprised Nigerian entrepreneurs, professionals and the Nigerian
community led by the acting President of the Nigerian Community Western
Cape, Cosmos Echie.

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Other members of the delegation that met with
Ezekwesili were the representative of Yoruba community in Cape Town,
Chief T.A Odutayo; chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo (Western Cape), Chief
Vincent Nzekwe and Secretary, Simon Odumegwu.

Others included the
leader of the Ogoni community, Pastor Barry Wuganaale; current
Financial Secretary of NCWC, Fuster Ludjoe; Treasurer of NCWC, Felicia
Feni, Ebiere Joseph-Akwunwa, Chukwudi Nwokeabia, Samson Famuyiwa and
Sunday Ekene.

Ezekwesili and the Nigerian community in South
Africa, according to a communique issued after the meeting and obtained
in Abuja on Monday, described the attacks as Afrophobia.

“It was
unanimously agreed that the crisis is detrimental to the spirit of
African renaissance, affirmation of black heritage, progress and
development. Afrophobia compromises everything that the recently
brokered Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement represents and aspires
to deliver,” the communique stated.

They urged governments of Nigeria and South Africa to guard against provocative comments.

While
demanding an apology from President Ramaphosa, they called on South
African government to trigger a series of actions necessary to
de-escalate the brewing conflict to ensure that bilateral trade
agreements between the countries would not be affected.

The
communique reads, “Officials of the government of South Africa must
immediately desist from making any further pejorative and incendiary
comments targeting Nigerians and their country and instead publicly
commit to taking preventive and surveillance measures that will
foreclose a repeat of Afrophobic attacks of Nigerians and other African
nationals.

“The President of South Africa, Cyril Remaphosa,
should rise to the demands of leadership and reach out to the President
of Nigeria to trigger the series of dialogue and actions necessary for
swift de-escalation of the brewing conflict between their two countries.

“The
President of South Africa should offer a sincere public apology to
Nigeria, other countries affected by the attacks and the entire
continent for the tragic hostility and harm perpetrated against their
citizens.

“The President of South Africa should send a sharp
signal to South Africans and the continent by visiting the victims of
the Afrophobia attacks to empathise with and reassure them of their
safety in South Africa and the government should consider paying
compensations for losses sustained in the attacks.

Source:- Punchng

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