In a statement Tuesday in Abuja, by his spokesman Laolu Akande, the Vice President recalled the role Nigeria played in pulling down apartheid in South Africa.
Osinbajo stated: “It is very sad and unfortunate that the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians living in South Africa are once again being destroyed with such wantonness and with such carelessness and recklessness.
“It is unfortunate because Nigeria and Nigerians invested a great deal in the pulling down of apartheid.
“Besides, these acts of bigotry are entirely contrary to the very ideals that all the great South African leaders, including the incumbent president fought for, and for which many gave their lives.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has already spoken about this; and obviously we are very concerned and certainly intend to take this up with the authorities in South Africa in order to ensure that this sort of thing does not repeat itself.
”This is absolutely unacceptable and unconscionable,” he said.
“Direct Nigerians to return home,” CSOs tell FG”
Meanwhile, the Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER), called on the Federal Government to urgently direct all Nigerians living in South Africa to return home.
In a statement Tuesday, the Executive Director of CASER, Mr Frank Tietie, stated that “the action is to prevent more Nigerians from losing their lives in the xenophobic attack.’’
He claimed that the South African Government, by its inaction, was complicit in the attacks.
He called on the Nigerian government and its citizens to institute proper reprisal actions by sanctioning South African business interests in Nigeria while Nigerians must switch to Nigerian owned telecom companies.
Stated Tietie, “They must immediately stop the South Africa enslavement of the satellite TV space of Nigeria by refusing to renew their subscriptions.
“The Attorney General of the Federation must commence proper legal proceedings at the proper forum to seek compensation for all Nigerian victims of the perennial and irresponsible xenophobic attacks by this generation of ungrateful and depraved South Africans.”
The Executive Director also called on the Nigerian government to consider the expropriation of all South African business interests in Nigeria in the event of another xenophobic attack on Nigerians.