National Association of liberation Tigers (NALT); An International civil society social group of has added its voice to the condemnation of the xenophobic acts in South Africa that has led unarguably to the loss of at-least 7 lives and looting of foreigners goods and properties.
This sad turn of events is a departure from the continent’s ongoing re-visioning of African integration as a panacea for African solutions to African problems. NALT decries that this is a set back to our collective will as Africans in stretching out hands of friendship and goodwill across borders. This further undermines the position of our continent as the new investment destination of the world as well as an emerging global power block.
As one of the largest economy in the continent, these spates of xenophobic killings and attacks will have dire consequences not only for the diplomatic relationship between Nigeria, the rest of Africans and South Africa but to the entire integration agenda of the Africa Union.
A recollection of the days of apartheid struggle reminds us of the joint solidarity and overwhelming support played by Nigeria and other Africans countries for the liberation of South Africa that led to the collapse of the white supremacy regime.
As an organization, registered under the Nigerian law and whose mandate and principles among others revolves around defense of human rights and democracy,” we implore the South African President, its government and voices of reason to use their good offices and strongly intervene in this matter to mitigate the spread of this action and reaction. We know that this senseless attack is propagated by an infinitesimal percentage of uninformed South Africans.