ANC condemns killings in Nigeria

2012-01-23 20:37

Johannesburg - The ANC on Monday said it deplored religious killings in Nigeria which have claimed hundreds of lives.

"[We are] gravely concerned at the brutal and barbaric religious killings in Nigeria, which have thus far claimed many innocent lives," ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said in a statement.

"We deeply deplore acts of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in that country, which continue to bring pain and suffering to many Nigerian families."

Motshekga said the Nigerian government should ensure those responsible for the "atrocious" mass killings were brought to justice.

"That country cannot afford one more senseless killing," he said.

Foreign news agencies reported that more than 150 people were killed in an attack in Kano on Friday, when two suicide bombers from the Islamist sect known as Boko Haram detonated cars loaded with explosives.

The attack was apparently planned to free sect members held by authorities.

Boko Haram means "Western education is sacrilege" in the Hausa language of Nigeria's north.

President Goodluck Jonathan was reportedly speechless as he toured what remained of a regional police headquarters on Sunday.

Motshekga said the newly-formed National Interfaith Council of SA and its major affiliates, including the SA Council of Churches, should speak out.

"[They] must enter into a dialogue with their counterparts in Africa to devise a long-lasting solution to the Nigerian situation."

The parliamentary interfaith council, in partnership with other interfaith bodies within African parliaments, would initiate a conflict resolution process to ensure peace and development on the continent.

"We strongly believe that our own interfaith approach, in which diverse religions continue to coexist peacefully, can be emulated in other conflict-ridden countries," he said.

  • Gideon - 2012-01-23 20:47

    Wow, the "killings" (more like civil war) has been going on now for weeks and this is the first official condemnation from the RSA? I know we need to fashionably late and all that, keeping up appearances and what-ho old boy, but this is pushing it a tad old chap! Would've been more dignifying just not mentioning it.

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-01-23 20:50

    Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa, they must be fighting for resources

  • Johan - 2012-01-23 20:58

    What about the farm attacks in South Africa. Will the ANC condemn that too?

      Gideon - 2012-01-23 21:00

      Don't hold your breath. Not that they are good at condemning criminality in general. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree you see.

      Piet - 2012-01-23 21:13

      Only when it is black on black....

      Joshua - 2012-01-24 13:10

      No man, they want their free farm so they can run it into the ground like in Zim.

  • Piet - 2012-01-23 21:13

    what about the hundreds, sorry thousands that die in South Africa?

  • madmom1 - 2012-01-23 21:16

    "That country cannot afford any more senseless killing"...and South Africa can?

  • Vaal-Donkie - 2012-01-23 21:46

    I wish someone will go ahead and look up the word "fundamental" in a dictionary.

  • Elkieta - 2012-01-23 22:56

    Why don't you not condamn the killings in our country.

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