– APC has hit hard on the South African government over attacks on Nigerians in the country
– Some shops belonging to Nigerians in South African were on Monday, September 2, attacked and destroyed by the indigenous people of the country
– The national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, declared that Africa can no longer be the centerpiece of Nigeria’s foreign policy
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the South African government of backing the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in the country.
Vanguard reports that the party also asked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to take steps to takeover Shoprite, MTN and other South African businesses in the country.
Legit.ng gathered that the party which equally advocated stringent measures against Multichoice (DSTV), as well as other South African business interests in Nigeria, declared that Africa can no longer be the centerpiece of Nigeria’s foreign policy.
The national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, stated the position of the party on the evening of Thursday, September 5, at the end of a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party in Abuja.
Oshiomhole who was flanked by members of the NWC, said the party has now given the needed support base for President Buhari to go on the offensive in order to sound a note of warning to other African countries who may want to copy the antics of the South Africans.
While the party asked Nigerians to boycott all South African goods and businesses, APC accused the African National Congress (ANC) administration in the country of backing the killings of Nigerians, querying why it has been so difficult to arrest and sentence perpetrators of xenophobic attacks in the country.
He said: “We have discussed the attacks on foreigners in South Africa, particularly blacks who are predominantly Nigerians. Having listened to all the explanations from the authority in South Africa, we have come to the conclusion that these people are not being accused of being illegal immigrants nor are they involved in any illegal activities.
“Those who have business permits to set up businesses, whatever business they are involved in, they are operating within the letters of the law. Over the last one year, virtually every week, Nigerians are being wasted in one part of south Africa or the other.
“We know that the government has had conversation with the South African authority, drawing their attention to these and other abuses that Nigerians have been subjected to. But the escalation of the attack on foreigners which include Nigerians has reached a level that is no longer tolerable.”