Nigeria has served notice it would be forced to fight off any further xenophobic attacks on it’s citizens in foreign countries especially South Africa.
According to the Nigerian senate it would no longer tolerate continuous attacks on Nigerians abroad.
The President of the Senate Dr. Ahmad Lawan on Monday condemned the reported killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
Lawan warned that further attacks on Nigerians would no longer be condoned.
He said some 118 Nigerians have been killed in different attacks over the years in South Africa alone.
Lawan during a meeting with the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Moroe said “We in the parliament must speak and prevent any further killings. These killings must stop.
“This is the era of social media where the corpse of a victim may spark violence that may go beyond the control of the government.
“The South African government must as a matter of urgency do whatever it takes to protect the lives and property of Nigerians living there, just as Nigerian government remain committed to the safety of South Africans residing here and their investments.”
Enough is enough
Lawan added that “I believe we have faced enough, we will no longer take it anymore. We want to write the names of Nigerians killed, and the South African parliament must act fast to put a stop to this menace.
“Over the years, 118 Nigerians have been killed, while 13 out of these were killed by South African Police.”
Mr. Moroe on his part expressed regret over the killings of Nigerians in South Africa and said an inquest had been instituted into all xenophobic attacks.
“Our government will continue to be committed to the good relationship with Nigeria.
“Your sentiment has gone deep into our heart, and you will be happy that the same sentiment has been our concern in South Africa.
“On behalf of the government of South Africa, we express our sincere condolences to the Nigerian government for this unfortunate incident”, he said.
There have been many instances of xenophobic attacks on African citizens in other African countries.
Often locals accuse such African citizens of taking over their jobs and committing crimes.