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AU, ECOWAS, AFBA condemn xenophobic attacks in S’Africa

Posted: Apr 24, 2015 at 10:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Nedum Noble, Stella Omona (Abuja) Francis Onoiribholo, Benin


As reactions continue to trail the xenophobic violence going on in South Africa, the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (ECOSOCC) has advocated the creation of the United States of Africa.

The commission in a press statement signed by the union’s presiding officer, Hon. Joseph Chilengi, said the Commission of the African Union as the secretariat of the union should convene an extra-ordinary emergency session of the union to discuss the situation and authorise a framework for addressing it on a collective basis.

He said: “It is the only when Africans are living together in the political and economic context envisioned by the founding fathers of African Union that we can be rest assured that xenophobia never occurs again.”

While stressing the need to use the experience to conceive Pan-African programmes and policies that would prevent its recurrence, Chilengi condemn the xenophobic and/or Afrophobic attacks on African citizens of different nationalities in South Africa, saying that ECOSOCC is sad to learn that such incidents have occurred in a country for which Africans on the continent and the Diaspora sacrificed so dearly to ensure its independence and black majority rule.

He asked that compensation be paid to all victims while political, economic and psychological policies and programmes of restitution and reinsertion should be put in place to ensure the re-integration of victims.

According to him, policies and programmes should be conceived in the immediate, short, medium and long terms, adding that psychological measures are required immediately to address related traumas associated with the crisis.

Also, the 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, on Thursday.

The Speaker who also doubled 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 have been heard among the peoples of the continent.

“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.