The Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria yesterday implored the federal government to recall Nigeria’s high commissioner to South Africa in view of the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other non-nationals of that country.
Articulating TUC’s position in a statement yesterday, President of the union, Comrade Bala Kaigama, and Secretary-General, Mohammed Lawal, also implored the federal government to put modalities in place to evacuate Nigerians from that country immediately to ensure their safety, as further killing of Nigerians there could cause a major crisis.
“They own several multi-billion dollar investments on our soil, yet we co-exist despite all odds. This killing and dehumanization of Nigerians must stop. Not anymore. This must stop! If killing and maiming of Nigerians is the sacrifice required for us to maintain a cordial relationship, we are not willing to make it anymore”, the statement said.
The union which said there was a conspiracy between the South African government and security agents to waste people’s lives and property with reckless abandon, added that the xenophobic attacks were borne out of inferiority complex suffered from years of apartheid, and advocated punishment for those found culpable.