Civil Rights activist and the Senator representing Kaduna Senatorial District Shehu Sani has suggested that South African companies operating in Nigeria should be responsible for the payment of compensation to victims of the xenophobic attack in their home country.
The senator, who lost in the last National Assembly election, said this on Thursday, April 18, 2019 on his verified Twitter page.
“South African companies based in Nigeria should take up the moral challenge of modestly compensating the families of Nigerians killed or injured in South Africa.
“This would help in calming nerves resulting from ceaseless xenophobic attacks against our innocent citizens.”
The senator was reacting to how innocent Nigerians are being attacked and killed in the former Apartheid African country.
Dozens of Nigerians have been killed in South Africa in several xenophobic-related attacks.
In April, 2018, it was gathered that two Nigerians were attacked, stabbed to death in that country.
Mr Odefa Ikele, the Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa(NUSA), who confirmed the sad news to journalists in 2018 said, “The Nigeria community lost two citizens to gruesome murders over the weekend,” he said.
“Mr Bonny Iwuoha, 48, from Ihitte/Uboma in Imo State, was stabbed to death at about 11:45pm on April 6, 2019 in Johnnesburg, South Africa.
“We gathered that his assailants followed him from 152 Hay Street Turffontein, and thereafter stabbed and killed him in front of his gate at Turf Road, Turffontein. The killing was witnessed by Mr Izochukwu Nwokocha, also known as, Nwa Father.”
Senator Sani said South Africa based in Nigeria should take up the moral challenge to pay compensation to the families of such attacks.
Some of his followers who disagreed with him submitted that South African companies operating in Nigeria should be held responsible for such attacks.
“Nope, I don’t key in to this idea
@ShehuSani. Companies are run by private individuals. Yes, they might be South Africans but one should not pay for a crime he didn’t commit. There’s nonsense or whatsoever in this. Let’s device another means but not this one,” Aminu Saleh said.
Another Twitter user simply identified as NDK said since the companies do not have hands in such attack should not be held responsible.
“The companies are already creating jobs here and they have no hand in the attacks, why bring them into this? If anyone should be compensating, it should be the government of NGR that has frustrated so many to emigrate due to terrible state of the Nation.”