Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday said the xenophobic attacks by South Africans on Nigerians and other nationals in that country is as a result of a crisis of governance which is reflected by the worsening poverty and unemployment rates in the African continent.
This was as it said the desperate and reckless actions of the jobless youths of South Africa are not unconnected with the unending disconnect between the governments and the governed in Africa, as same can happen in Nigeria, particularly that statistics from International Labour Organization, ILO shows that both Nigeria and South Africa have high levels of unemployment rates of 23.9 percent and 24.3 percent in 2014 respectively.
NLC in a statement signed by its Deputy President, Issa Aremu and made available to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, however, condemned the attacks, saying the serial xenophobic attacks on innocent African workers are unwarranted, condemnable and unacceptable.
According to the statement, “The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC hereby joins our counterpart Federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, COSATUU to condemn the reckless violent attacks on African working people and nationals in South Africa with unacceptable resultant avoidable destruction of lives and properties. The xenophobic attack had claimed several lives. The latest round of attacks was reportedly instigated by the Zulu King in the Kwazulunatal region in South Africa. It has since spread to other commercial cities like Durban and Johannesburg. Kindly note that, similar attacks in January this year claimed several lives. In January, looters burned businesses owned by foreigners.
“In 2008, seven years ago, in Johannesburg, anti-immigrant violence claimed many innocent lives. Most of the victims were Zimbabweans who had fled repression and dire economic circumstances. As many as 200 people were arrested on various charges, including rape, murder, robbery and theft.
“These serial xenophobic attacks on innocent African workers are grossly unwarranted, condemnable and unacceptable.’’
Similarly, National Vice President of the Society, Mallam Yusuf Yakubu Arrigasiyyu Muslim Students Society, MSS, has called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency, evacuate all Nigerians, especially students from Yemen and South Africa because of the total breakdown of law and order in Yemen and the xenophobic terrorist gangs in South Africa.

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