Popular Nigerian celebrities, such as Omotola Jalade, Banky W, Funke Akindele, Peter Okoye, among others, have condemned the recurring attacks against Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.
The new wave of attacks saw the death of Nigerians and the burning of stores and businesses owned by Africans.
The president of the Union of Nigeria in South Africa (NUSA), Adetola Olubajo, who confirmed the development to NAN, said Monday that the attacks began Sunday morning in the Jeppestown area of Johannesburg when a building was set on fire by a crowd angry.
The attacks and murders have since provoked reactions from Nigerian celebrities asking the government to take drastic measures against the South African government.
Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade wrote:
“Hmmm … I had to think very deeply and try to calm down even to write this. I am shaking, and I still can’t collate all my thoughts … This is sad. It’s beyond. Xenophobia. It’s deep. What is the value of Nigerian life! Nigeria Get up, how have you fallen?
Similarly, Funke Akindele wrote:
“This is so sad. Why? Should violence be the solution to every problem? I woke up with horrible photos and videos of our compatriots being attacked and killed. This has to stop or !!!
“We are all in a hurry to put food on our tables! Why the murders? I call on the Nigerian government to see until the immediate end of this. All lives matter! #saynotoxenophobia. ”
Also, Peter Okoye of Psquare reacted by saying:
“My dear South Africans. Karma never loses the address! Karma has no deadline! Karma is a bitch, but I love her! Revenge will never solve anything other than trusting me; Karma will. It is Karma season. Dear Karma, I have a list of people you missed. Say no to xenophobia. ”
Here are comments from other Nigerian celebrities,
Ebuka Obi Uchendu, a popular Nigerian television host, reacted by saying: “Why would politicians choose to face the legitimate anger (of) millions of poor and desperate South Africans when they can return to anti-immigrant rhetoric and blame those who have no voice? ”
Banky W, the popular Nigerian musician, also gave his opinion on the murders and said: “This is not the SA for which Mandela fought and sacrificed. This is not the SA that many of us have come to know and love. I watch a video of a burned man alive in front of a crowd. He is sick and heartbreaking. “Hell must be empty because all the demons are here.”