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Xenophobia And The Sudden Silence of Opposition

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ElevateNews takes a look at the silence voice of opposition party on the issue of xenophobic attacks.

It seemsthat the Peoples Democratic Party and the ruling All Progressives Congress areon the same page with the steps taken so far against xenophobic attacks onNigeria in South Africa.

President Muhammadu Buhari sent an envoy to the government of South Africa as a way of stopping the xenophobic attack but there are indications that the Federal Government of Nigeria will not break its treaty with South Africa.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria will not break its diplomatic ties with South Africa, looking at the population of Nigerians in South Africa and their businesses.

About 800, 000 Nigerians are currently living in South Africa with many of them doing legal businesses. Of course, there are those who are involved in the illicit drug trade as alleged by the government of South Africa, Nigerians have also contributed immensely to the economic success of the Zulus.

Perhaps, the war against Nigerians is coming from the outside this time, the main opposition party has joined the government to condemn the xenophobic attacks instead of trading blames.

Of course,the PDP still believes that the mass migration of Nigerians to foreign landswhere they are now been treated as slaves and killed like fowls is largely dueto the failure of the Federal Government to provide jobs for the teemingpopulation of youths in Nigeria.

Nevertheless, it condemned the killings. Unlike the banditry, herdsmen criminality, kidnapping and insurgent attacks within the country, which the opposition party has solitary blame on government’s security lapses, the PDP wants the APC ruling government to go all out against South African Government.

During his regime, PDP former President, Goodluck Jonathan did not hesitate to repatriate hundreds of South Africans to retaliate the deportation of some Nigerians from South Africa for lacking yellow fever clearance.

The formerPDP former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani Kayode wanted the FederalGovernment to nationalize all the South African companies, including MTN,Multichoice and Shoprite. This was also the position of the National Chairmanof the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.

It sounds unbelievable that when a Nigerian of a different political party is mistreated outside the shore of the country, the ruling party does not see politics but brotherhood.

A few weeks ago, the former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu was attacked in Germany by hoodlums believed to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, it was the APC ruling Federal Government that first demanded the probe of the attack.

Thegovernment did not see Ekweremadu as a PDP member anymore but a distinguished Nigerian.I ask, where is IPOB now that Nigerians most of whom are from Igbo extractionare being killed in South Africa.

What isBiafra when those in South Africans now see themselves as Nigerians? It createsa sudden silence of the opposition. Or could it be because the case of the lastgeneral election had been won and lost at the Supreme Court?

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