Whereas there has been resurgent xenophobic youth attacks on migrants in South Africa,
And whereas these attacks have resulted in the loss of human lives and properties of migrants in South Africa,
And whereas there is wide-spread outrage and resentment by Nigerians over the attacks on their fellow citizens living in South Africa,
And whereas the South African Government has condemned these racial attacks and is taking redoubtable steps to stanch further crisis,
And whereas the Nigerian Government has equally deplored these xenophobic attacks on Nigeria which assiduously propped up South Africa to end the obnoxious Apartheid and hence secure her independence in 1994,
And whereas the Nigerian Parliament has sent a high-powered delegation to South Africa to press for an end to the violent attacks,
And whereas, in expression of repulsion to these attacks, Niger Delta Militant groups (Niger Delta Watchdogs, Niger Delta Volunteers and Niger Delta Strike Force) have issued a threat to attack MTN, DSTV, Shoprite and other South African business investments in Nigeria if the Nigerian Government does not close them down in one month.
Therefore, we in the Revolutionary Council of the Nigerian People, in exercise of our rights under sections 38, 39 and 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended hereby today……………… state as follows:
- That although South African youths have expressed distaste over their being displaced from social and economic opportunities in their land—South Africa, we condemn the killing of Nigerian migrants in that country and destruction of their properties.
- We demand that the South African government should take urgent and effective steps to end the crisis and initiate peaceful dialogue between migrants and South African nationals to boost the amity of the two countries.
- That the Niger Delta militants–Niger Delta Watchdogs, Niger Delta Volunteers and Niger Delta Strike Force—should suspend forthwith the planned attack on South African business interests and persons in Nigeria.
- That such attack of vendetta will yield calamitous consequences on Nigeria: massive loss of jobs and business opportunities, especially ITC.
- That xenophobic attacks in consequence are not caused by South Africa but by politicians and select few in Nigeria who have since independence engaged in squander mania and profligacy in government thereby driving the youths out of jobs with the upshot of recession that makes them to arduously roam all over the world in search of livelihood.
- That instead of blaming South Africa and South African businesses which have economically empowered tens of thousands of Nigerian youths through employment and skills coaching, the new generation of Nigerians should blame their successive governments for marooning them in poverty and wretchedness.
- That Nigerian youths should come back to Nigeria—a plum country of fecundity rich in human and natural resources—to demand for better governance that would guarantee them self-reliance, economic growth, prosperity, wealth, joy and happiness. They should just as Bishop Hassan Kuka said, “Take back their country from the hands of marauders” and as Senator Shehu Sanni said, “challenge their leaders for subjecting them to economic poverty and current recession”.
- That the hope of Nigerian youths to succeed in life and prosper is in Nigeria, not overseas where they wash dishes and act as second-class citizens.
- That we vehemently oppose any attack on South African concerns in Nigeria and exhort the Niger Delta Militants to plumb why Nigerian youths suffer indignities all over the world, instead of blaming South Africa.
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Head, Revolutionary Council of the Nigerian People, 08059853212. www.revolutionarycouncil.org.ng
Scribe, Revolutionary Council of the Nigerian People
For and on behalf of the Revolutionary Council of the Nigerian People