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Nigerian government urged to recall envoy from South Africa

22 April 2015, 16:27

Abuja - The Senate has called on the Federal Government to recall the Nigeria High Commissioner to South Africa.

The Senate also invited the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, to brief its committee on Foreign Affairs on the situation and measures being taken to safeguard Nigerians in South Africa.

The legislators said this would enable proper consultation on the recent incidents of xenophobic attacks in the Southern African country.

The decision of the upper chamber of the National Assembly follows a motion move by the Senate Leader Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba and 107 senators.

The Senate also urged the Federal Government to pressurize the government of South Africa to bring the perpetrators of the evil act to justice and ensure adequate protection of Nigerians and their investments in South Africa.

The called for compensation in the event of losses emanating from the attacks.

Leading the debate, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, noted with anxiety the recent wave of xenophobic attacks in parts of Johannesburg and Durban by locals on African immigrants.

These have led to the death of at least seven people and massive looting and destruction of foreigner’s properties, forcing hundreds of migrants to relocate to police stations across the country.

Nigerians living in South Africa have been seriously affected by these crises as no fewer than 50 have been reportedly rendered homeless after being displaced by these attacks.

About 300 others have been displaced near Johannesburg.

Also read: Nigerian students protest xenophobic attacks in SA

"As at the last count, properties and Nigerians businesses worth millions of Naira have been destroyed” Ndoma-Egba said.

He expressed worry that Nigerians living in South Africa had always been targets of such attacks and they could not rely on South Africa police for protection because the police maltreat and extort money from them.

Ndoma-Egba added that the recent attacks were precipitated by the comments of a renowned Zulu King.

He said despite the sacrifices made by Nigeria to put an end to apartheid and ensure the emancipation of South Africa, the people of South African had continued to maltreat and humiliate Nigerians without just cause.

Senators commended Nigerians for not embarking in a retaliatory attacks over the matter.

- CAJ News


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