Solarin: One Killing Too Many In S’ Africa

Solarin: One Killing Too Many In S’ Africa
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It is becoming unenviable the serial killings of Nigerians in various parts of the world. However, it has been a bad story that Nigerians continue to be sacrificed at the least provocation or even for no justifiable cause. It is even repulsive that these killings are not within the purview of any legal nuances.

The list of Nigerians whose lives have been cut short in various peevish circumstances especially in South Africa keeps increasing almost at an embarrassing proportion. This is against the background that, that country puts up a façade of a brotherly African country for which Nigeria sacrificed so much for its liberation from the clutches of the debilitating Apartheid regime.

There are reports that scores of Nigerians have been mowed down by faceless attackers across South Africa even when these victims were believed to be leading their lives within acceptable civility and in the confines of that country’s laws.

Concerned about the very recent incident, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission ,NiDCOM, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa,  has said investigations have begun into the circumstances surrounding the killing of one Mr Olusola Solarin, a Nigerian, on December 12 in South Africa.

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Recall that the killing of Solarin in South Africa increased the death toll of Nigerians in South Africa to more than 127 since 2019.

Reports indicate that 13 other Nigerians were sent to their early graves in the Rainbow nation at the hands of the South African police.

Worried about the damning situation, the Nigerian Union South Africa ,NUSA, has continued to defend the rights of Nigerians in that country against the odds of the failure of the South African government to take definite actions to stem the tide of these killings. 

 NUSA was all out to condemn the killing of Solarin, which is one too many in the former Apartheid nation.

President of the union, Mr Collins Mgbo, described the deceased as a brilliant, hardworking motivator and community leader who “has fallen victim to the orgy of violence in South Africa”.

Solarin was said to have met his death as he was returning to his base after supplying goods to his customers outside Johannesburg.

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He is reported to have been waylaid and killed while attempting to stop his assailants from collecting the money he was paid by customers. Solarin has since been buried at Makun community in Sagamu, near Abeokuta in Ogun.

There are reports of other Nigerians in SA who get killed but whose events were not formalised in any quarters. It follows therefore that many are cut down in various circumstances that are neither reported nor investigated at that.

We must impress on SA that it is an anomaly for Nigerians to be the butt of attacks from its citizens and police given what it had enjoyed from our Nigeria’s big brother stature in Africa. While its legendary role in the emancipation of SA from the grips of the Apartheid regime cannot be over-emphasised, it must reciprocate that gesture by protecting the civil rights of all residents and indeed Nigerians who live in accordance to the laws of the land. It is egregious for Nigerians to get killed at the least suspicion or for spurious reasons.

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Generally, the continuous xenophobic attacks targeted at Nigerians and other immigrants in SA negates the spirit of continental conviviality and other diplomatic ties to which all countries are signatory. This must stop forthwith.

Like Nigerians, nationals of other countries including those of SA find Nigeria a safe haven where they ply their trades unhindered. The genial environment they operate is equal to none and this even at the expense of dominating various businesses in which indigenous entities could equally compete favourably.

We call on SA authorities to do more to safeguard not only the lives of Nigerians but also their businesses which have often been plundered each time there was the slightest opportunity.


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