The Peoples Democratic Party has described the ongoing attacks on foreigners in South Africa as "barbaric" and "primitive".
In an official statement signed by Olisa Metuh, the PDP national publicity secretary, and released on April 18, Saturday, the party insisted that such attacks "cannot be justified under any guise whatsoever".
According to Vanguard, the party also said it was "unfortunate and disheartening that South Africans by this attitude have shown that they are not appreciative of the roles played by Nigeria and other African countries in liberating their nation from the clutches of the obnoxious apartheid system.
"Whilst we are aware that this unfortunate incident is a fallout of incendiary utterances by certain leaders in South Africa, we call on the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and South African government to take urgent practical steps to stem the tide and guarantee the safety of lives and property of Nigerians and other nationals targeted by the xenophobes.
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"All well-meaning world leaders especially Africans should stand up and condemn this dangerous trend, which is a clear threat to the much desired unity, cooperativeness and development in the continent.
"We recall that this disgraceful act had taken place in recent time in the same country. As such, we charge South African leaders to do everything humanly possible to halt this wickedness and forestall a repeat in the future.
"Africans and indeed all citizens of the world must be allowed to visit, live or work in any part of the continent without fear of attack as long as they meet local statutory requirements of the country of their sojourn."
Meanwhile Muhammadu Buhari, the general-elect, commended the federal government for the steps taken to protect Nigerians in South Africa.
At the same time it has been reported that the Nigerian authorities will start evacuating the nationals from the country affected by anti-immigrant attacks.