Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Parliament, has condemned in strong terms the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, describing it as barbaric and un-African.
The parliament spoke through its speaker, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday.
The speaker, who also doubles as the deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, said the attacks were criminal disrespect for the brotherhood Africans share and therefore a gruesome story, which should never had been heard among the peoples of the continent.
Continuing, Senator Ekweremadu said: “I received the news of the xenophobic attacks in the Republic of South Africa with rude shock and sadness. It is a tale of shame and betrayal that has no root in our ways of life as Africans and is certainly in dissonance with the 21st Century realities where globalisation, international treaties and charters on human rights and economic integration hold sway.
“The attacks are both barbaric and violate those things that hold us together as members of the African Union. They are a banal demonstration of ungratefulness for the collective sacrifices by the African people to end apartheid in South Africa.”
Senator Ekweremadu, therefore, called on the government of South Africa to take concrete steps to end what he termed “man’s inhumanity to fellow man.
“Those involved in this criminality must be fished out and punished accordingly to deter to others and to demonstrate in practical terms that Africa cannot afford to dismantle one form of apartheid only to replace it with yet another brand of the same or worse evil,” he emphasised.
He condoled with those directly affected by the incident, noting that the losses were a collective loss to the continent in particular and humanity in general.

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