#XENOPHOBIA: Is this how we get repaid for our support during apartheid? Nigerian Lawmaker ask South Africans


Recall in 1979, Nigeria set up the South African Relief fund for bringing relief materials to apartheid victims, aside from the $3 million FG contributed to that fund, Nigerian Civil servants made a 2% donation from their salary to that fund

The lawmaker representing Irele/Okitipupa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Gboluga Ikegbonju, has condemned the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.

Ikengboju, in a press statement issued by his media consultant, Israel Fagbemigun, in Abuja on Tuesday emphasized the need for the “disgruntled South Africans” to respect the right of other Africans across the continent to live peacefully as law-abiding residents in any country of their choice.

This, he noted, was enshrined in the African Charter for Human and People’s Rights, citing Articles 4 and 6 of the document.

The lawmaker said, “Our brothers in South Africa must also remember the historical contributions of the Nigerian government and people to the anti-apartheid struggle for their liberation when over $10.5m was donated to the Southern Africa Relief Fund by Nigerian workers and students.

“It is also worthy to note that the stay of Nigerians in their country has not been without tangible economic gain to their government.

“I, therefore, call on the Federal Government to expedite action on calling the South African government to prevent further attacks and ensure that every victim of the heinous crime is adequately compensated.

“Those found guilty of the xenophobic attacks must also be made to face the full wrath of the law and consequences of their actions, as it is not only condemnable but morally reprehensible.”