Nigerian youths under the umbrella of Advocates for Collective Transformation (ACT) on Tuesday, February 28, marched to the South African Embassy in Lagos to stage a protest against the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans.
The protesters who were quite few in number, got to the South African High Commission house on Molade Okoya Thomas Street, Victoria Island.
According to the media coordinator of the group, Ayodele Samuel, they decided to stage the protest to pass a message to the Nigerian government to put an end to the citizens’ suffering in the former Apartheid region.
Even as we speak, we heard of an attack on some other Nigerians in South Africa which we totally condemn and stand against.
We say it is barbaric and unacceptable, and we therefore as the Nigerian government to declare a persona non grata to South Africans unless they can assure us of the safety of our people in their country.
He also added that if Nigerians have not been violent to South Africans, therefore, they shouldn’t have a reason to make life miserable for Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the secretary general of the group, Fehintoluwa Ajayi noted that the federal government has a huge role to play in ensuring the safety of the lives and properties of Nigerians living in South Africa.
We were brought up by our parents to have so much love, but if we do this to others and they don’t do same to us, there will be trouble.
We are representing 80 million Nigerian youths home and abroad and are saying that if all our leaders and professionals are killed in diaspora, who will lead us?
South African emissaries should be disallowed from entering the country until they can guarantee the safety of our people in their country.
Samson Uwala who also spoke on behalf of the Nigerian students, agreed that it was a barbaric act to kill innocent Nigeria citizens in South Africa.
Wondering why the killings would not stop since we are all Africans, he said:
We want our government and government in South African to stop the barbaric killings.