Xenophobia: Sen. Gyang cautions Nigerians against revenge

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The Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Istitfanus Gyang has appealed to Nigerians not to repay xenophobia with xenophobic revenge as doing so may make the country to play into the hands of hoodlums and criminals who will invariably take advantage to loot shops of other Nigerians.

Gyang who is the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence also called on Civil Society groups to organize peaceful protest rallies under the close watch of the police to further pressure South African government to stop the attacks, provide remedies for human rights violations, and ensure that justice is done.

According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Protocol, Musa Ashoms, the Senator said he aligned himself with calls for the South African government to pay full compensation to Nigerians whose businesses were destroyed and to take steps to stop further attacks.

He said, “Nigeria is to South Africa what Joseph was to Egypt who saved that nation from famine and economic ruin. That notwithstanding, a time came after the death of Joseph that a Pharaoh arose that knew not the role that Joseph played to preserve Egypt and came up with a policy to weaken and destroy the economic base of the Jews and even turn them into slaves.

“Nigeria played a key role in the liberation of South Africa from the Apartheid regime. Today, South Africans have suddenly forgotten all the sacrifices that Nigeria and Nigerians made and like the Egyptians, see Nigerians doing business in their country as a threat hence the xenophobic attacks.

“These attacks are misplaced, unacceptable and condemnable. As we await appropriate reciprocal response by the Nigerian government, I align myself with calls for the South African government to pay full compensation to Nigerians whose businesses were destroyed and to take steps to stop further attacks.

“I appeal to Nigerians not to repay xenophobia with xenophobic revenge as doing so may play into the hands of hoodlums and criminals who will invariably take advantage to loot shops of other Nigerians. Civil Society groups can organize peaceful protest rallies under the close watch of the police to further pressure South African government to stop the attacks, provide remedies for human rights violations, and ensure that justice is done.”

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