- Femi Falana condemned the xenophobic attack against Nigerians in South Africa
- The human rights lawyer said Nigeria should sue the South African government
- Falana also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to boycott the World Economic Forum
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on the federal government to sue the South African government over the killing of Nigerians.
There has been reported attack against Nigerians and their businesses in South Africa.
Channels TV reports that the human rights activist advised the federal government to also demand for compensation from the South African government.
Falana said “Apart from the official condemnation of the shameful and cowardly attacks the south African government should fish out the culprits and prosecute them.
“In addition to the payment of adequate compensation to all the victims of the mindless attacks the government must teach South Africans about the immense contributions of the people of Cuba and a number of African countries to the struggle waged against apartheid and colonialism in the southern African region”.
Falana also advised the government to withdraw from the World Economic Forum scheduled to take place in South Africa.
He said: “The Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria should be directed to coordinate the legal defence. In view of the regular harrassment of Nigerians in South Africa and a few other African countries the federal government should make the Declaration to enable individual victims of human rights abuse to access the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights sitting in Arusha, Tanzania. Since there is no assurance that Nigerians and other Africans will no longer be subjected to xenophobic attacks the federal government should boycott the World Economic Forum scheduled to commence in South Africa on September 4.”
Meanwhile, Bukola Saraki called on Nigerians to stop the attack against South African businesses in Nigeria.
The former Senate president made this call in the wake of reported reprisal attack against South African-owned businesses.
He noted that in some cases, those businesses where not owned by South Africans.
He described the actions as disheartening and called on Nigerians to show restrains and demonstrate maturity.
He said: "we cannot allow ourselves slip into the abyss of inhumanity and participate in the same actions we condemn.”
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