President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the continuous
killings of Nigerians in South Africa, warning that the government will
no longer tolerate further attacks on its citizens.
He expressed
concern that no fewer than 118 Nigerians have so far been killed in
xenophobic attacks over the years, of which the South African Police
perpetrated 13.

Lawan made the assertions when he hosted the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Bobby Moroe yesterday in Abuja.

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Moroe
and his delegation visited the Senate leadership on his government’s
investigations to unravel the causes of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians
and steps being taken to stop it.

The Senate President disclosed
that the meeting became pertinent considering the incessant attacks on
Nigerians residing in South Africa, adding: “We in the Parliament must
speak up to prevent any further killings.

“The killings must
stop. This is the era of social media where the corpse of a victim may
spark violence that may go beyond the government’s control.”

Lawan
restated that the South African government should do whatever it takes
to protect the lives and property of Nigerians living in that country,
just as the Nigerian government would remain committed to the safety of
South Africans residing in Nigeria and their investments.

“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 of them were killed by South African Police”.

He
recalled Nigeria’s enormous contributions to South Africa during the
Apartheid rule, adding: “We must establish events that led to the
killings, including Mrs. Elizabeth Chukwu, who was killed recently in
her hotel room.”

Nigeria, he insisted, would no longer condone
such killings, urging the South African government to, as a matter of
responsibility, protect Nigerians residing there.

Responding,
Moroe who lamented the killings of Nigerians, extended his country’s
condolences to families of the victims, saying an inquest had been
instituted to investigate all cases of xenophobic attacks against
Nigerians in South Africa.

The inquest, he said, would reveal the
cause of the menace and find solutions across the board, saying the
commitment of the South African government and its law enforcement
agencies were committed to unraveling the root of the matter and
prosecute perpetrators of the attacks.

Meanwhile, the National
Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has announced plans to embark on
massive picketing and protest against all South African businesses in
Nigeria.

It has also asked all South African business interests in Nigeria to relocate their businesses to their country.

NANS
President Comrade Danielson Akpan, who disclosed this yesterday in
Abuja after its emergency executive meeting, said the only way to stop
further killings of Nigerians in that country was to picket its business
entities in Nigeria.

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