APC to ANC: remember sacrifices of Nigerians against apartheid
It said it was too early for them to forget the sacrifices of Nigerians in the fight against apartheid.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement in Abuja insisted that South African leaders cannot exonerate themselves from what the APC described as cowardly act by South African youths in constantly attacking Nigerians and their businesses.
“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.
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“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 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.
“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.”
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