This is a bit rich.
Nigerians run the biggest drug syndicates in South Africa. Nigerians run the biggest prostitutions rackets in South Africa. Nigerians run some of the biggest car-jacking rings in South Africa. Not to mention the infamous 419 scams started and run by Nigerians.
Nigerians involved in this criminality have caused incalculable misery and harm to South Africa while Nigeria does nothing to help South Africa tackle the problem. Now Nigeria wants to claim compensation for the lost shacks?!
Here’s what I say the SA gubbermunt should tell Nigeria to do: Shove it.
Load the planes full of the illegal Nigerians, add the Nigerians in our jails, dump them back in Lagos and give Nigeria the bill.
The Federal Government yesterday said it would seek appropriate compensation for properties lost by Nigerians during the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe while briefing newsmen in Abuja also said the government has not appointed any candidate as Nigeria's High Commissioner to South Africa after former Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmadu Ali turned down his posting for 'personal reasons.'
Maduekwe said though it was reassuring that no Nigerian was killed during the spate of violence directed against foreigners in South Africa, a comprehensive list of Nigerians who lost their properties is being compiled so as to evaluate the adequate amount of compensation to be sought from the South African Government.
Maduekwe said the Nigerian government condemned the unjustified attacks and lamented that Africans are being killed on African soil for no reason other than being foreigners especially since South Africa was a beneficiary of immense solidarity support from all Africans during the apartheid regime. He called for a better education of South Africans and said they need to realise that other Africans were instrumental to their independence.
"Many South Africans were sent to Universities on Nigerian funds, their leadership appreciates this but it is unfortunate that when Nigerians including professionals, go to South Africa to work, they are rejected," he said.
The situation is better now, he insisted and "the two Nigerians who sought refuge in the Johannesburg Mission have returned to their rented apartment. Our officials in Johannesburg and Pretoria are in contact with Nigerian communities especially those in Cape Town and Durban as part of strategy to keep in regular touch with our community in case of any eventuality".
The hostile actions of the South Africans to other Africans, he said, would be a major setback to the concept of the United States of Africa which is being pursued vigorously, if Africa cannot unite.
"The governments (in African countries) should not allow legislation that would make life difficult for other Africans. There is a need to eliminate discriminatory tariffs for other Africans like the case we had in Ghana, and allow for free movement before there can be a United States of Africa ," he said .