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Xenophobia: Media responsible for attacks on Nigerians – Union

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The Nigeria Union in South Africa said the hostility being meted on Nigerians in the country is due to ignorance and misinformation being carried by the country’s media.

Spokesperson of the Nigeria Union, Emeka Ezinteje told Daily Sun, on Wednesday, that the media owned by some powerful South Africans create bad impression that every Nigerian is a criminal, while ignoring Nigerians’ contributions to the country’s economy.

Ezinteje spoke following a renewed attack on Nigerian nationals who pursue their genuine businesses in the country.

He called on the South African Government to bring the perpetrators to book, and also said that any Nigerian arrested for any crime should be charged to court instead of resorting to extra-judicial killing and police brutality.

“I blame the South African media for the whole thing. The media are owned by some powerful elements. They talk about criminality as if every Nigerian is a criminal.

“They create the impression that Nigerians are criminals; shielding the ordinary South African from knowing the contributions of Nigerians to their economy.

“It ends up creating that negative impression in the mind of the ordinary citizen. That’s why it seems that there is a lot of hatred. But I say that it is ignorance that makes them feel threatened; and also feel that Nigerians are not contributing positively to their economy or growth,” he stated.

No fewer than 116 Nigerians have lost their lives in South Africa through extra-judicial killings in the last two years.

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