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Xenophobia: Kano youths protest

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Edwin Eriye

Following the heated events from the xenophobic attacks on Nigerian Citizens in South Africa, and the reprisal attacks by Nigerians on South African businesses, a fraction of youths in the Northern region of Nigeria, Kano, staged a peaceful protest on Saturday against the xenophobic attacks of Nigerians residing in South Africa.

The concerned youths marched from Zoo Road to Audu Bako Secretariat along the state Road, carrying placards with various inscriptions condemning the actions on Nigerians.

The protesters called out the South African government to end the xenophobic menace as they would not idly watch Nigerians get killed.

The spokesman for the protesters and chairman of Joint Action Campaign Against Xenophobic Attack, Khalid Sansi, urged the federal government to take pragmatic steps to stop the ugly trend.

“Unemployment in South Africa is the major reason behind the xenophobic attacks; the South African government must create job opportunities to the teeming number of unemployed youths in their country.

“However, the failure of the South African leaders is not a justification for attacking others”, he said.

NAN reports that the diplomatic relations between Nigeria and South Africa has gone into comatose as a result of series xenophobic attack by South Africans on some Nigerian citizens.

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