By Emman Ovuakporie
PRESIDENT of the Pan-African Parliament, Bethel Amadi, weekend, advised the South Africa’s government to prosecute individuals responsible for the xenophobic attacks.
Amadi said perpetrators of “the criminal and shameful” xenophobic attacks “should be made to face the full wrath of the law?”
The PAP president who is also a member of the House of Representatives was speaking on the occasion of the regional consultative parliamentary meeting on the promotion, ratification and domestication of African Union legal instruments for the West African region held in Abuja. He said, “This criminal violence which erupted in various localities in South Africa which resulted in heinous and barbaric killings of fellow innocent African citizens contradict the spirit of Ubuntu, Pan Africanism and African Renaissance.
“The Pan African Parliament, therefore, calls on the government and peoples of South Africa to ensure the protection of lives and properties of all fellow African citizens residing in South Africa. The government should also take the necessary measures to address the root causes to avoid future recurrence.”
Amadi who regretted the “continued, unfortunate and avoidable” deaths of African migrants while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe, called on member states of the European Union to ease stringent immigration policies while also urging African Union member governments to develop a “continental response to the problem.”