LAGOS – SOME Muslim faithful have warned of more reprisal attacks on South Africans if attacks against Nigerian nationals in the Southern African country persist.
This was the prevailing sentiment at a conference organised by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria’s Lagos State Area Unit.
Guest speaker at the event, Imam Abdullahi Shuaib, pointed out this was not the first time there had been xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
“The government and media need to make a decisive step because if care is not taken, Nigerians may want to take a reprisal attack on South Africans businesses in Nigeria,” said Shuaib.
Shuaib said the government of South Africa needed to show the public that they were on top of the situation.
“The media must also stop inciting and hate reports against Nigerians, especially those that are legal immigrants,” said the official.
Amirah (female president) of MSSN Lagos, Hafsah Badru, also decried the violence.
She said it was unfortunate Nigerians had been stereotyped as criminals.
“Nigerians have their own quota that they are contributing to the development of South Africa,” said Badru.
The conference in Lagos came in the wake of frosty relations between Nigeria and South Africa, where over 100 Nigerians have reportedly been killed in xenophobic attacks.
Last week, the MTN office in Abuja was attacked by angry youths in retaliation to attacks in South Africa.
– CAJ News