On a very sad note, the Nigerian community in South Africa has confirmed the brutal killing of, Mr. Chibuzo Nwankwo, a 42 year old Nigerian immigrant who hailed from Enugu state, South-East Nigeria.
Information gathered revealed that the death of Nwankwo has brought to 121 the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa in questionable circumstances in the past 18 months (between January 2016 and July 2018.
It was regrettable that the South African Government has not put adequate measures in place to checkmate the xenophobic attacks that are unleashed on immigrants from African countries by the economical marginalized people of South Africa. The killings have continued unabated, though the South African Government has not been directly implicated in the killings but its refusal to prosecute the suspected murderers of these unarmed African immigrants. The South African Government is therefore liable to bear full responsibility for the unjustified killings.
It is curious to note that inspite of the leadership roles of both Nigeria and South Africa in African continent, the Government of both countries have deliberately refused to accept the jurisdictional competence of the African Court on Human Rights by making a declaration in line with the article 34(6) of the protocol for the establishment of the court. Both countries have made it impossible for their nationals whose human rights have been violated by state actors to seek legal redress in the African Court on Human and People’s Rights sitting in Arusha, Tanzania. Investigation revealed that the Government of South Africa has virtually concluded plans to withdraw from the International Criminal court by revoking the ratification of the Rome statute which was authorized by President Nelson Mandela on July 17, 1998.
On his part, the Government of Nigeria has not gone beyond the regular condemnation of the killings nor take bold diplomatic measures to guarantee the security of the life and properties of Nigeria citizens living in South Africa.
The Federal Government has not even assisted the victims of xenophobic attacks and relatives of those hacked to death nor demand payment for damages and prosecution of culprits who are known to the police authorities in South Africa.
In other to stop the killings of Nigerians in South Africa, the Federal Government should prevail on Ramphosa administration to bring all culprits to book and also call on the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights to conduct an enquiry into the killings of African immigrants in South Africa and take drastic recommendation to the African Nation. Enough of this inhumanity to mankind
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