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Published On: Fri, Aug 16th, 2019

Xenophobia: Group slams Ramaphosa, says ‘S/Africa ungrateful’

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By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

A Benin-based pressure group, Talakawa Parliament on Thursday slammed President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa for not been able to defend the rights of Nigerian migrants residing in his country against xenophobic attacks which has resulted in the loss of lives and livelihood.
In a joint statement endorsed by Marxist Kola Edokpayi (Chairman) and Comrade Imasuen Wilson (Secretary) on Wednesday in Benin City, the group specifically, condemned the killing of Africa migrants particularly Nigerians in South Africa, which negates brotherhood accord.
The statement described the bilateral talks between President Muhammadu Buhari at the instance of his South African counterpart in October 2019, as a move that is likely out of sync with reality.
They noted with sadness “that South Africa has forgotten so soon the contributions of Nigeria to the liberation of South Africa from the shackles of apartheid, neocolonialism and imperialism”, predating Nigeria’s Independence in 1960.
Lamenting the security menace and poverty in Nigeria, the group, called State governors to justify humongous security vote yearly.
He also demanded the release of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest and the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.
It would be recalled that Sowore, was arraigned and remanded on order of a Federal High court in Abuja Department of State Security Service, DSS custody over alleged terrorism and treasonable offences.

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