by Kolapo Olapoju
The South African government has been given 48 hours by the Oodua Peoples Congress to stop the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa or face repercussions.
Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, the founder of the OPC issued the ultimatum on Tuesday, April 21, during a press conference in Lagos.
“While the Nigerian government and the rest of the world seek a diplomatic solution to this season of madness, the OPC hereby warns that South Africa must end this rash of xenophobia within 48 hours. These ill-advised attacks are capable of bringing out the beast in the best of men. And we will not watch as fellow Nigerians are wantonly killed in cold blood.”
“Enough is enough. South Africans must know that nobody has a monopoly of violence. They must halt the killings, the maiming and the looting of foreigners’ shops in their country. These incidents of xenophobia will provoke reprisals against South Africans and their interests in other lands.”
“Thus, beginning with the belligerent Zulu King, all South Africans involved in these attacks should be arrested immediately and prosecuted for crimes against humanity.”
Furthermore, Fasehun threatened South African businesses, saying: “South Africa has many business interests in Nigeria but of course, you do not expect me to reveal what we will do until the time is right.”
“These attacks are a mark of ingratitude against Nigeria, which is estimated to have spent over $60bn on the South Africa’s struggle to break the chains of apartheid and secure independence.”