#XenophobiaInSouthAfrica: NLC slams FG, says killings sign of bad governance

September 9, 2019
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The Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC), has said the killings and destruction of Nigerians and their property in South Africa confirmed the failure of governance in the country.

The labour union added that the fact that Nigeria could not provide employment for its citizens forced Nigerians to seek greener pastures in other countries, thereby subjecting them to attacks.

The NLC Chairman in Ekiti State, Com. Kolapo Olatunde who stated this while speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Monday noted that government must provide employment opportunities and conducive environment for business to stop increasing migration of youths in the country.

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NLC appealed to Nigerians not to destroy the property and businesses of South African nationals over the xenophobic actions, saying such would further compound the unemployment problems at home.

He said, “This situation is very unfortunate. It confirms that our government has not done enough to protect us in terms of the provision of employment.

“Nigeria remains one of the worst countries that suffered the highest incidences of brain drain. It is sad Nigerians would have to leave their country and sojourn to an economically weaker country like South Africa and be searching for jobs.

“We saw how Nigerians are being killed, beaten and their property destroyed. I know that the crisis can be resolved through diplomatic means, but the best way to save Nigerians from this kind of embarrassment is to provide jobs for them at home.

” If they are at home, they will be safer on their own fatherland.”

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