Nigerian Afro-fusion singer Damini Ogulu known as Burna Boy has said he would not go to South Africa until xenophobia in the country is addressed.
Concise News understands that there have been a renewed wave of xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other African nationals in South Africa.
The renewed attacks were said to be started on Sunday with South Africans allegedly killing and looting shops belonging to Nigerians.
Also, several properties have been destroyed in the wake of the recent xenophobic attacks in Nelson Mandela’s country.
Like several prominent personalities, Burna Boy while reacting to the development, noted that he has not been to South Africa since 2017.
The songwriter further vowed that he would never step his feet into the nation until the South African government tackles xenophobia.
In a tweet, Tuesday, he wrote that, “I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the fuck up and really performs A miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.”
I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the fuck up and really performs A miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) September 3, 2019
Xenophobia Taking Nigerian Lives
According to Statistics South Africa and the United Nations, more than 30,000 Nigerians live in South Africa.
And in the last three years, 127 Nigerians have been killed with 13 out of them dying in the hands of the South African police.
Between January and June 2019, 10 Nigerians have been killed, either South Africans or the South African Police Service.
Nigerian Govt. Blows Hot
The Nigerian government is not taking things lightly and has vowed to protect the lives of its citizens in South Africa.
“The continuing attacks on Nigerian nationals and businesses in South Africa are unacceptable,” it said, Monday night, in Abuja. “Enough is enough. Nigeria will take definitive measures to ensure [the] safety and protection of her citizens.”