Xenophobia: HURIWA assaults Buhari for travelling to South Africa, says Presidency lied to Nigerians



The Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Friday described President Muhammadu Buhari’s go to to South Africa, following the xenophobic assault on Nigerians as disgraceful.

HURIWA mentioned the present diplomatic shuttle of Buhari to South African has uncovered Nigeria to worldwide ridicule and cheapens the ranking of the nation earlier than the eyes of the world.

A press release by the rights group’s Nationwide Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko condemned the lacklustre strategy of the federal authorities in direction of the persistent xenophobic killings of Nigerians by black South Africans in South Africa and puzzled why the Nigerian president proceeded with an earlier deliberate go to to South Africa even after the newest spherical of xenophobic violence.

The group said that the “President couldn’t have gone on this go to however would have explored the African Union and the United Nations to reach at concrete actions to finish xenophobic violence in South Africa as an alternative of visiting the identical place whereby tons of of residents have been displaced and lots of killed as if the victims of such a devastating crimes at the moment are imagined to beg the aggressors.”

Accusing the media managers of each the Presidency and the Overseas Affairs Ministry of not being economical with the reality and fascinating in doublespeak, HURIWA mentioned it was “completely incorrect that the federal government lied to Nigerians that the present go to to South Africa by President Buhari was due to the latest xenophobic violence arguing that shouldn’t have been the case, as a result of whether it is then the president couldn’t have launched into signing of bilateral agreements with the South African President and even reprimanding the frightened Nigerians in South Africa however would have gone forward to protest the destruction and killings of Nigerians in South Africa and to demand compensation for the victims of the xenophobia.”

“There was completely no want for this patronizing and low cost go to by the Nigerian President to a rustic that has killed our residents.”

The assertion added: “This go to of President Muhammadu Buhari to South Africa doesn’t simply add up besides there are Different private points that the Nigerian President went to take care of in South Africa however the best way he has carried out the inconsiderate go to is disastrous.

“This present federal administration is both very poor in preserving data or may very well be viewing Nigerians as zombies. Months in the past, in truth final 12 months June or July, the federal government introduced that the South African president who had visited Nigeria had invited president Buhari to go to South Africa. however months after that go to by Cyril Ramaphosa to Nigeria, black south Africans staged the newest rounds of xenophobic violence during which many Nigerians have been wounded, their hard-earned enterprise belongings both burnt, stolen or destroyed and over one 1000’s of them have been flown dwelling as a result of generosity of the Air Peace airways with the authorisation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“However President Buhari’s officers went on to lie in between their cheeks that the go to of President Buhari which was earlier scheduled was now now not on the energy of the sooner reciprocal invitation by south Africa however was to protest the xenophobic killings. However from all indications and by their very own reviews, the president solely simply talked about the matter of the xenophobic killings in passing; however truly demonstrated that he was in South Africa on an elaborate state go to with the signing of a number of bilateral commerce treaties. This isn’t methods to communicate out and defend our residents who’ve misplaced their lives and livelihood.”

HURIWA recalled that on July 10th 2018, the South African president had visited Nigeria and held financial talks along with his Nigerian counterparts and after that go to, the South African authorities invited the Nigerian president to reciprocate.

The Rights group then wonders why Nigerians have been advised a lie that the present go to of the president was solely as a result of Nigerians have been affected by the xenophobic violence that occurred many months after the go to of the South African chief who then invited the Nigerian president.

“Be that as it might, allow us to assume that the Nigerian president is visiting South Africa due to the xenophobia, we predict the present federal administration is dealing with that matter with child gloves. How can the Nigerian chief go to the identical nation from the place tons of of our residents have been displaced and chased away? Nigerians anticipated robust reactions similar to instituting petitions towards South African authorities in African Union and the United Nations so an enduring answer is discovered.

“Why ought to the Nigerian president be seen behaving like he must beg the aggressors who’ve the blood of our residents of their arms? That is pathetically disappointing and violates our constitutionally assured international coverage aims which primarily speaks to the problem of defending Nigeria’s nationwide curiosity and Nigeria’s prime curiosity is the safety of the lives and property of the citizenry as a result of the first responsibility of presidency is the safety of life and property of Nigerians and the enhancement of their well-being as said in part 19 of the structure,” the assertion added.