The Odua People’s Congress (OPC) on Tuesday gave South Africa a 48-hour ultimatum to end the xenophobic violence. The group warned that failure to do so would attract dire consequences.
OPC founder, Fredrick Fasehun, stated this during a press conference in Lagos, Osun Defender reports.
“While the Nigerian government and the rest of the world seek a diplomatic solution to this season of madness, the OPC hereby warns that South Africa must end this rash of xenophobia within 48 hours. These ill-advised attacks are capable of bringing out the beast in the best of men. And we will not watch as fellow Nigerians are wantonly killed in cold blood.
Enough is enough. South Africans must know that nobody has a monopoly of violence. They must halt the killings, the maiming and the looting of foreigners’ shops in their country. These incidents of xenophobia will provoke reprisals against South Africans and their interests in other lands.
Thus, beginning with the belligerent Zulu King, all South Africans involved in these attacks should be arrested immediately and prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
These attacks are a mark of ingratitude against Nigeria, which is estimated to have spent over $60bn on the South Africa’s struggle to break the chains of apartheid and secure independence.”
When asked exactly what OPC would do if South Africa failed to stop the attacks before the specified deadline, Fasehun said, “South Africa has many business interests in Nigeria but of course, you do not expect me to reveal what we will do until the time is right.”