A coalition of South-West Youths under the aegis of Oodua Youth Congress has blamed the Federal Government for the experience Nigerians are going through in South Africa over the xenophobic attacks.
The group, which described the attacks as barbaric and devilish, said if the government had provided jobs and the enabling environment for Nigerian youths, they would not have relocated abroad in search of greener pastures.
National President of the OYC, Keji Phillip, said this in a statement on Monday.”
The OYC said it was disappointed over the attacks and the manner it was being handled by the South African Government even as it called on South Africa to bring the situation under control.
The group advised the Federal Government to take youth unemployment seriously. It also urged the Federal Government to develop policies that would generate employment for Nigerian citizens.
The statement read, “The OYC with its unwavering commitments to the socio-economic development of all Yoruba youths urges our governments at all levels to take this unfortunate incident as another wake-up call to show the much needed commitment to providing our youths with decent employments, an enabling environment for wealth creation and an end to general hopelessness.
“The OYC calls on the government of South Africa to restore peace and harmony as the situation is capable of inciting international reactions. There are South African businesses in other countries, especially in the originating countries of the immigrants. These businesses are vulnerable to attacks if positive steps are not immediately taken.
“We are sad that South Africans, who other Africans stood by during their time of challenge, are showing hate to other African countries. The South African government should, as a matter of urgency, arrest and prosecute everyone involved in this inhuman act.”