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Lawmakers bemoan killing of foreign-based Nigerians

08 December 2015, 20:23

Abuja - Senators of the National Assembly have decried the killing of Nigerian nationals abroad.

These have been killed in incidents bordering on xenophobia.

The legislators expressed concern on Tuesday culminating in the Senate on mandating its Committee on Foreign Affairs to investigate several alleged maltreatment and killings as well as take into consideration the Doctrine of Diplomatic Reciprocity in its activities and report back within four weeks.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly also urged the Federal Government to reassess the country’s foreign policy objectives.

The lawmakers implore the Federal Government to imbed Nigerian’s economic interest as vital component of the country foreign policy objectives especially in countries where the nation invested its enormous human and material resources to restore security, peace, stability and democracy.

The developments follow a motion sponsored by Stella Oduah, representing Anambra North.

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She expressed concern that despite the country vital roles in Africa and the world at large, Nigeria citizens residing some countries are treated with disdain.

“So many of our nationals are being killed or maimed for reasons that are despicable. The xenophobic attacks by South Africans against Nigerians who live and conduct legitimate businesses in their midst is still fresh in our mind,” Oduah said.

She added that from Kenya to the Maghreb and across Southern Africa, discriminating against Nigerians and other non-nationals have been on the rise.

Most of the senators supported the motion and urged the federal government to convene a foreign policy summit to address issues such as re-defining the national interest in present global reality.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, urges the Senate committee on Foreign Affairs to do a good job to protect Nigeria citizens living abroad.

“It is very important that our citizens living abroad feel that the country care for them,” Saraki said.

- CAJ News

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