Xenophobia: Bishop Olumakaiye demands lasting solution

The Diocesan Bishop and Missioner, Lagos Diocese (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Humphrey Olumakaiye has condemned the incessant attack on Nigerians and other nationals in South Africa, demanding a lasting solution to the problem.
Olumakaiye who made this known in a press statement issued to news men in Lagos, also advised the South African government to tackle the xenophobic attack before it gets completely out of hand.
“As a church, we are saddened by the inhumane treatment meted against Nigerians and other nationals in South Africa and utterly condemn xenophobia in all its appearances; whether tacitly or full blown.
“We also want to advice the Government of South Africa not to sweep this issue under the rug, considering we are all human, created in God’s image. It should be recalled that Nigeria as a Nation, through her Government and beautiful people, were very accommodating to the South African nation during the ugly episode of apartheid, and so do not deserve to be paid back with this inhumane treatment of her (Nigerian) citizens in South Africa”.
The bishop encouraged the Nigerian government to explore every diplomatic avenue to put an end to this dark episode threatening to rip the fabric of friendship between these two top African nations.
He also advised the government not to go into negotiations without demanding lasting solution to the problem.
Said he: “Everything necessary should be done to bring to justice those who partook in the attacks and adequate compensation should be sought for the victims and their families”.
The cleric condemned the adverse response of some Nigerian youths who vandalized establishments believed to be owned by South Africans in Nigeria.
Stated he: “It is also important to note that the response of some Nigerian youths to the news of the xenophobic attacks here in Nigeria, is an indication of an impending catastrophe, if not immediately addressed.