Editors Condemn Xenophobic Attacks in S/Africa

The standing committee of the Nigerian Guild of Editors rose from its first 2017 quarterly meeting held in Osogbo, the State of Osun, and decided on the following matters affecting the body and the country.

In a statement signed by President, Mrs Funke Egbemode and Secretary, Victoria Ibanga, “the Guild particularly condemned the continuous xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals in South Africa and resolved thus:

‘That government should take necessary steps to protect her citizens in foreign countries. The government, should as a matter of national interest apply the country’s foreign policy of reciprocity that affects mutual relations between Nigeria and other countries.

“The Editors are dismayed at the conspiratorial silence of senior South African nationalists, who know the enormous contributions of Nigeria to the emergence of the independent South Africa.

“The South African Institute of International Affairs records that Nigeria spent a whopping USD$61 billion between 1960 and 1995 in the fight against apartheid.

“The Guild is not unmindful of the fact that South Africans are in Nigeria running successful businesses and, therefore, the violent actions of South Africans could push Nigerians into retaliation.

“Just as Nigerians are passionate about protecting their South African friends, they can also be passionate in protecting their own nationals.

“The Guild, however, enjoined Nigerians resident in South Africa to remain calm, law-abiding and continue to go about their legitimate businesses even in the face of provocation.