The Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) has issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the South African government to stop the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa or face its wrath.
The founder of the OPC, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, said this during a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday.
His words “While the Nigerian government and the rest of the world seek a diplomatic solution to this season of madness, the OPC hereby warns that South Africa must end this rash of xenophobia within 48 hours. These ill-advised attacks are capable of bringing out the beast in the best of men. And we will not watch as fellow Nigerians are wantonly killed in cold blood.
“Enough is enough. South Africans must know that nobody has a monopoly of violence. They must halt the killings, the maiming and the looting of foreigners’ shops in their country. These incidents of xenophobia will provoke reprisals against South Africans and their interests in other lands.
“Thus, beginning with the belligerent Zulu King, all South Africans involved in these attacks should be arrested immediately and prosecuted for crimes against humanity.”
He also said: “These attacks are a mark of ingratitude against Nigeria, which is estimated to have spent over $60bn on the South Africa’s struggle to break the chains of apartheid and secure independence.”
“South Africa has many business interests in Nigeria but of course, you do not expect me to reveal what we will do until the time is right.”