The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the latest xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, particularly Nigerians, their property and businesses by South Africans.
The ruling party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Tuesday, said Nigeria deserve better from South Africa for being a frontline ally in the country’s struggle against apartheid.
APC reminded South Africans the role Nigeria played in their apartheid struggle and said it is too early for them to forget their history.
The party also accused South African leaders of being culpable in the repeated attacks, saying the “barbaric attack on citizens of other countries points to a failure of leadership.”
“South African leaders cannot exonerate themselves from this cowardly act,” the party said in the statement.
APC called on the ruling party, “the African National Congress (ANC) to urgently step in.”
The statement read:
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) strongly condemns the recent South African xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, particularly on Nigerians, their property and businesses.
“As a party, we are deeply saddened by these unwarranted attacks. Nigeria deserves better from South Africa. It is too early for South Africans to forget their country’s history. Many of the key players in the struggle against apartheid are still alive and active in the country’s national affairs. We therefore cannot understand why there seems to be a conspiracy of silence on their part.
“The barbaric attack on citizens of other countries points to a failure of leadership. South African leaders cannot exonerate themselves from this cowardly act. We call on the South African ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) to urgently step in. This is completely at variance with what ANC stood for. The ANC government can no longer pretend about this obvious contradiction.
“The violence being meted to Nigerians under ANC calls to question the very essence of the struggle against apartheid in which Nigeria was a frontline ally of South Africa. How can those who supported you and made huge sacrifices for your freedom become fair games to be murdered in cold blood?
“Perhaps there is a disconnect between the younger and older generations of South Africa. The older generation cannot sit back while the uninformed youths and some South African public officials in their quest for inordinate populism destroy what we collectively achieved over several decades of sacrifice and brotherliness.
“Today, our Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians. This is one of the first steps in this government’s proactive response to this unfortunate incident. We assure Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would continue to take decisive measures. The safety of Nigerians – home and abroad – is non-negotiable to the APC administration.”
Buhari has only plunged Nigeria into darkness, death and destruction, Fani-Kayode says
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, a staunch critic of the President Buhari-led administration has said that the five years of President Muhammadu Buhari was “disastrous.”
Femi Fani-Kayode disagreed with Special Adviser to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, whose weekly column argued the President’s emergence, saved the nation from collapse in 2015.
Fani-Kayode via his Twitter handle had argued that the emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria and plunged her into darkness, death, and destruction.
He added that the president came to steal, kill and destroy, pointing out that for the last 5 disastrous years that is all he has done.
”Buhari’s emergence in 2015 saved Nigeria’s collapse”- @FemAdesina
. Not so my friend! The emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria & plunged her into darkness, death & destruction. He came to steal, kill & destroy & for the last 5 disastrous years that is all he has done.”
See Tweet below;
“Buhari’s emergence in 2015 saved Nigeria’s collapse”-@FemAdesina.
Not so my friend! The emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria & plunged her into darkness, death & destruction. He came to steal, kill & destroy & for the last 5 disastrous years that is all he has done.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) May 29, 2020
Hundreds of thousands of people are being butchered by terrorists all over the country as Buhari marks his 5 years in office whilst poverty, diesease, despair, hunger, fear & Covid 19 ravages the land. What type of man says & does nothing whilst his people are being slaughtered?
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) May 29, 2020
2ND term: Buhari to mark ‘low-key’ anniversary, Presidency reveals
The Presidency has said that the first anniversary of the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari will be celebrated in a low-key manner.
This was disclosed in a statement posted by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu on his official Facebook page.
Shehu, who did not give reasons for the decision, however, said the achievements of the current administration will be reeled out via digital platforms.
He urged Nigerians to visit presidential handles to read about some of Buhari’s achievements since assuming power in 2015.
According to Shehu: “The First Anniversary anniversary of the Muhammadu Buhari government’s second term will be marked low-keyed.
“Narratives of the government’s achievements over the past five years which normally would have been showcased by ministers and the party will go digital.
“The last five years have been full of historic achievements. Please go to the Presidential handles and read how the decades-long wishes of the Nigerian people are being met.
“Thank you Nigerians for entrusting the country’s government in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Buhari’s Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina had yesterday reeled out some of the president’s achievements since assuming power in 2015.
FG to use hotels, schools as quarantine, isolation centres
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the Federal Government would require hotels and school dormitories as quarantine and isolation centres because of a shortage of hospital beds.
The minister noted that there were four levels of COVID-19 patients ranging from those on quarantine with zero or mild symptoms to those that would need to be in the intensive care unit.
The minister said,
“We have sadly recorded 254 deaths, most of them are persons associated with other ailments, confirming the general observation that risks are higher for those with illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and non-communicable diseases.
“We need to continue increasing bed capacity to match the probable number of patients, so that we do not experience horrific scenes of bed space shortages seen in some European hospitals.
“In event of overflow, we can require hotels and school dormitories to be prepared for level 1 which is quarantine, and level 2, is isolation of COVID-19 positive with zero or mild symptoms, to free hospital beds to be dedicated to level 3 which are moderate to severe cases and level 4 which is for the high dependency and the intensive care unit.
“I, therefore, call on activists and philanthropists to work with state governments to scale up non-pharmaceutical measures and beef up infrastructural assets for isolation and treatment in their states.”
Ehanire said Nigeria would review its participation in the World Health Organisation solidarity trial. He also stated that proposals for trial of local remedies for COVID-19 had been sent to the relevant research and testing agencies for scientific evaluation.
“The Madagascar herbs have been received at the Ministry of Health, and were found to consist of two varieties; one labelled to be for prevention and the other for treatment. Samples have been given to three agencies of the Ministry of Health and also to the Ministry of Science and Technology.
“These are normal processes for new preparations to be approved for use in Nigeria, and include toxicological and efficacy tests and clinical trials. Government will investigate all genuine efforts to find homegrown solutions to the pandemic.”
The minister said Madagascar’s drugs had been sent to NAFDAC, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research.
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