By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has appealed to Nigerians to remain peaceful and law abiding, despite the unwarranted provocation of xenophobic killings of Nigerians in South Africa and destruction of their businesses, saying that violence is not our national core value.
The Director General of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari made the appeal in Abuja in the wake of reprisal attacks in parts of the country by some Nigerians.
Abari, according to a statement by the agency’s Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi, disclosed that the Federal Government is engaging with the South African government and taking all necessary measures to effectively address the situation.
In his words, “The alleged attack on South African business interests in Nigeria is not the best way to handle the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
“Such issues are better handled both diplomatically and politically.
“The two governments are already engaging each other with a view to arresting the ugly situation.
“Moreover, our core values of Patriotism, Discipline, Integrity, Dignity of Labour, Social Justice, Religious Tolerance and Self Reliance do not accommodate violence and barbarism, even in the face of needless provocation.
“We must show that we truly evolved these core values as national ethos for which we are always proud”, he said.
Abari further urged Nigerians to have faith in government’s ability to defend its citizens and their interests, both at home and abroad, and to remain optimistic that justice will eventually be served on perpetrators of the dastardly acts.