By Victoria Ojeme
ABUJA: The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) and Hybury Consulting Firm (HCF) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to tackle xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
The MoU was signed in Abuja by The Director-General IPCR, Prof. Bakut T. Bakut, and the Chief Executive Officer HCF, Mr Andre Bassey.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) opened the “Project for the Xenophobia”
Bakut said he was elated by the MoU noting that the xenophobic attack, especially on Nigerians in South Africa, was worrisome and a serious threat to the two great economies in Africa.
“This relationship is poised to tackle xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans, especially in South Africa.
“Activities under the MoU are basically for the promotion of mutual understanding and harmonious living between South Africans and Nigerians in both countries,” he stated.
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Bassey in his remarks said enterprises operating in South Africa and Nigeria, as well as the youth, would be involved in the project.
He pointed out that the project would officially take off early 2020.
“The youth of South African descent and those of Nigeria in South Africa would be mobilised for road walks against the xenophobic attacks as well as Nigerians and South Africans in Nigeria for similar road walks.
“Other activities that would be used include music, drama, sports and fashion that appeal to the sensibilities of the youth in both countries to drive home the messages for peaceful coexistence, tolerance and pan-African spirit.”
Bakut and Basset reasoned that a more cordial relationship among South Africans and Nigerians would boost the ego of Africa as a whole and pave ways for a more united Africa and enhance rapid socioeconomic advancement in the continent.