The All Progressives Congress has expressed concern about the South African xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, particularly on Nigerians, their property and businesses.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu in Abuja on Tuesday, the party said: “ Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
“This is one of the first steps in this government’s proactive response to this unfortunate incident.
“We assure Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration will continue to take decisive measures.
“The safety of Nigerians –home and abroad — is non-negotiable to the APC administration.
“As a party, we are deeply saddened by these unwarranted attacks. Nigeria deserves better from South Africa. It is too early for South Africans to forget their country’s history.
“Many of the key players in the struggle against apartheid are still alive and active in the country’s national affairs. We therefore cannot understand why there seems to be a conspiracy of silence on their part.
“The barbaric attack on citizens of other countries points to a failure of leadership. South African leaders cannot exonerate themselves from this cowardly act.”
The party’s spokesman called on the South African ruling party, the African National Congress to urgently step in.
He said: “This is completely at variance with what ANC stood for. The ANC government can no longer pretend about this obvious contradiction.
“The violence being meted to Nigerians under ANC calls to question the very essence of the struggle against apartheid in which Nigeria was a frontline ally of South Africa.
“How can those who supported you and made huge sacrifices for your freedom become fair games to be murdered in cold blood?
“Perhaps, there is a disconnection between the younger and older generations of South Africa.”
According to him, the older generation cannot sit back while the uninformed youths and some South African public officials in their quest for inordinate populism destroy what we collectively achieved over several decades of sacrifice and brotherliness.