Peace with South Africans can only come at a cost -NANS

Funmi Lawrence



The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has reacted to the response President Muhammadu Buhari on the visit of South African envoy to Nigeria on the xenophobic attacks, saying that the response was shocking.


Mr Adeyemi Azeez, National Public Relations Officer (PRO) expressed his dissatisfaction in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.


According to him, the response of President Muhammadu Buhari to the South African envoy, assuring the killers of several of our people of continued relationship has remained shocking to our students and Nigerians at large.


“President Buhari while responding to the apologies from the South African President, pledged that the relationship between the two countries “will be solidified,” while describing xenophobic attacks on Nigerians as “very unfortunate .”


“However, Nigerians in South Africa have said they lost properties worth millions of naira and their fellow countrymen, some of which were allegedly killed by South African policemen.


“But as cultured students, we understand that as an elder, the President will always want to foster peace especially between Africans, but in the case of South Africa, it should come with a caveat, which are as follows;


“For Peace to reign between us (Nigeria and South Africa), they must never lay a single finger on Nigerians in their country henceforth.


“The South African government must compensate Nigerians who have lost their properties especially during the just concluded senseless hostility against foreigners  .


” South Africans must treat Nigerians the same way we treat them here in Nigeria their president should sign a peace pact with Nigeria with provision which will be ratified at the AU level.”


Azeez however noted assured Nigerians of the association’s readiness to defend Nigerians people anytime the need arises.

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