Xenophobic Attacks: Senate To Send  Delegation Of Nigerian Legislators To South Africa

By: Michael Shaibu

Following the resurgence of Xenophobic Attacks and Extra-judicial killings of Nigerians in South Africa, the Nigerian Senate has resolved to send a delegation of Nigerian Legislators to the South African parliament to address the ugly trend.
A motion seeking to review relations between Nigeria and South Africa was deliberated on the floor of the senate at Tuesday’s sitting.

The motion moved by Rose Oko representing Cross River North follows recent xenophobic attacks on foreigners especially Nigerians in South Africa.

Senator Oko noted with serious concern on the return of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, as well as extra-judicial killings‎.

‎She advised the Federal Government to reconsider Nigeria’s diplomatic ties with South Africa if the ugly incidents of xenophobic attacks and killings of Nigerians in South Africa are not urgently halted by the South African Government.

Contributing to the debate, senate believes Nigeria as a nation has had enough with the South African government’s inability to protect Nigerian Citizens who reside in South Africa.

Going down memory lane, others recall the sacrifices Nigeria and Nigerians made to ensure South Africa was free from oppression.

‎In his remarks, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, commended Nigerians for showing constrain by not attacking South African companies, saying that two wrongs don’t make a right.

He adds that both countries have enjoyed great relationship over the years and called for an end to this xenophobic attack.

Senate however, condemns in strong terms the return of the Xenophobic attacks and extra-judicial killings of Nigerians worrying that the attacks have continued almost unabated despite Nigeria’s remarkable contributions to the liberation of South Africa from the destructive stronghold of apartheid.

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