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Xenophobic attacks: Sue South Africa for compensation, Falana advises FG

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Xenophobic attacks: Sue South Africa for compensation, Falana advises FG

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), on Wednesday, asked the Federal Government to sue the South African Government for compensation for Nigerians who are victims of xenophobic attacks in the country.

The lawyer wants the South African government sued in the courts of the country which owed its liberation from apartheid rule to the supports of Nigeria and many other African nations.

He also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to boycott the World Economic Forum scheduled to commence in South Africa on September 4, insisting that the southern African country’s ruling “African National Congress must accept responsibility for the misdirected antagonism against poor African immigrants”.

Falana, said in a statement that it was not enough for the South African government to condemn “the shameful and cowardly attacks” and urged Nigeria to demand the President Cyril Ramaphosa administration to fish out and prosecute the perpetrators of the attacks

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He asked the Buhari-led Federal Government to demand compensation for the Nigerian victims from the South African Government but quickly added that the foreign government “is not likely to accede to the demand for compensation”.

He said,

“Apart from the official condemnation of the shameful and cowardly attacks the South African Government should fish out the culprits and prosecute them.

“In addition to the payment of adequate compensation to all the victims of the mindless attacks the Government must teach South Africans about the immense contributions of the people of Cuba and a number of African countries to the struggle waged against apartheid and colonialism in the Southern African region.

“However, since the Cyril Ramaphosa administration is not likely to accede to the demand for compensation the federal government should brief a team of lawyers to seek legal redress for the victims of the attacks in South African courts.

“The Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria should be directed to coordinate the legal defence.”

He added that in view of the incessant harassment of Nigerians and citizens of other African countries in South Africa, the Federal Government should boycott the World Economic Forum scheduled to take place in the country.

In view of the regular harrassment of Nigerians in South Africa and a few other African countries the federal government should make the Declaration to enable individual victims of human rights abuse to access the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights sitting in Arusha, Tanzania.

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“Since there is no assurance that Nigerians and other Africans will no longer be subjected to xenophobic attacks the federal government should boycott the World Economic Forum scheduled to commence in South Africa on September 4,” he stated

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