Xenophobic attacks: Why Nigerian government has refused to act – MASSOB


The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has accused the Federal Government of laxity in prevailing on South Africa to end the renewed xenophobic attacks against Nigerians because most of those affected are Igbos.

In a statement issued over the weekend, the group’s National Director of Information, Sunday Okoroafor urged the South African government to urgently stop the killing of Igbo people living in its country.

He maintained that the renewed attack on Nigerians was a violation of the fundamental human right of the people.

The MASSOB National Director of Information stressed that it was a total violation of fundamental human right of a “people who, by the colour of their skin, decided to associate with citizens of neighbouring countries, but are, sadly, killed, maimed and or dispossessed of their belongings as a result of hatred and jealousy.”

Okoroafor said, “Government has not shown enough commitment towards stopping these attacks; because Igbo people are more in population in South African.

“Federal government can stop this attack if they want to”.

MASSOB’s claim is coming at a time when the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa explained that the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa was driven by hate speech and misinformation by South African politicians.

The President’s Special Assistant, while speaking during a television programme tagged: ‘The Osasu Show’, pointed out that politicians fueled the attack by telling their citizens that foreigners, including Nigerians, were taking their women and jobs.


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