–President of Campaign for Democracy, Comrade Bako Abdul Usman has added his voice to the torrent of comments by coming very hard on the South African government, accusing them of being culpable in the act.

Comrade Abdul known for his no-hold-bare comments said the South African government had looked the other way while Nigerians and other African nationals were being killed in cold blood.

In an exclusive interview with Tracereporters in Kaduna, the President of the Campaign for Democracy said “I think if the South Africans are now having sober reflections over the attitude of some of its citizens, it should not be by a way of sending a delegation to come and say; “We are sorry for what really happened. It must go back to x-ray some of the statements that came from top government officials that are duty bearers to the citizens of South Africa.

According to him, “For me, the story does not hold water because statements coming from high profile personalities in South Africa backing up xenophobic attacks on other foreign nationals in South Africa are uncalled for and it is not a welcoming idea. Coming out now to say that they are sorry, is an afterthought as the damage has already been done.

“We will duly accept the offer but I think that the leadership of South Africa should look inward to say okay; enough is enough and that people who made such statements to provoke, to really encourage the angry youths to take up this massacre, should be brought to book, questioned and if possible, sanctioned.

Abdul who doubted the sincerity of the South African government disclosed that if the Nigerian government is asking for compensation from South Africa, then they will wait forever, as the issue of compensation is not part of South African law.

Abdul revealed that “For people who are very conversant with the constitution of the South Africans will tell you that there is nothing like compensation in their constitution but for me, I do not think this should come as a way of compensation but instead, let it be like a fine.

“The judiciary should chat a course and judge the South African government and those found wanting in cases of homicide, they should be treated equally and made to pay fines and no compensation because, there is no amount that can compensate the life of a human being, no matter how low that human being is, those are citizens that have grown up to know what it

takes to establish legitimate businesses in a foreign country. So, I think the issue of compensation should not be. It should be a fine by the African Union, AU, demanding that a certain amount be paid that will serve as a deterrent to the continuity of such acts.

“For me, it should not be compensation but it should be a fee that they are being fined and when found guilty, there is a likelihood that you will not repeat it again.

Reacting to the 2.2percent increase in VAT, Abdul, lamented the insensitivity of Nigerian leaders whom he said do nit care about the masses.

According to him, “as an activist, I will be very rationale about it and, I will say, it is the height of insensitivity as a policy, by the government of the day to increase VAT on products that are consumable products.

“I would have loved this administration to have increased ‘property taxes’ and all other luxury taxes that have a direct bearing on the rich. This is because looking at the abject poverty of the Nigerian citizen, you will agree with me, it is not a welcoming idea at all. It negates the core values of an administration that says it is for the poor.

“It is never a welcomed idea and the government should look inwards to review some of its taxes.


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