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Senate President Ahmed Lawan, on Tuesday, warned that the Nigerian parliament will no longer accept a situation where South African continue their xenophobic attacks on foreigners, including Nigeria in their country for whatever reason.
In a statement signed personally, Dr. Lawan challenged the South African parliament to act fast and stop the menace, remembering that South African citizens and companies are operating across Nigeria unhindered.
Although the Senate is closely observing the situation, he urged the Federal Government “to accept nothing but the immediate cessation of hostility to Nigerians living in South Africa.
“I believe we have faced enough, we will no longer take it anymore,” he stressed while expressing serious concern that the attacks are worsening, with Nigerians as major victims.
“Nigeria has had enough of its citizens being targets of these attacks and will no longer tolerate hate crimes in any form against its citizens who are doing legitimate businesses in that country.”
He recalled that South African citizens benefitted from the relentless support and solidarity of Africans and freedom lovers across the world in their historic struggle against apartheid.
He urged South Africa to educate its younger generations on the sacrifices that Africans proudly made towards expunging the scourges of colonialism and apartheid from their continent.
Specifically, he recalled that despite not sharing geographical borders with the southern African subregion and far removed from the direct consequences of apartheid, Lawan said Nigeria made enormous contributions to the historic struggle. This, he continued, was “underscored by its recognition as a frontline state in the prolonged confrontation against the powerful racist regime that had held generations of Southern Africans in bondage and subhuman conditions.”
The liberation of South Africa was rightly celebrated across the continent and the Black world as the final emancipation of Africans from colonialism and apartheid.
This is why the Senate President continued, it is “an unacceptable irony that a section of South Africans would so soon after now, choose other Africans in their country as the targets of mindless violent attacks over frustrations for which the innocent victims have no control.”
He recalled that a July 15, 2019, meeting with the South African High Commissioner, Bobby Moroe, in Abuja over the same issue, where he impressed upon him the need for the South African Government to “as a matter of urgency do whatever it takes to protect the lives and property of Nigerians living there, just as the Nigerian Government remain committed to the safety of South Africans residing here and their investments.”
While acknowledging efforts being made by the Federal Government to register the country’s indignation on the cruel treatment of their compatriots in South Africa and to force an end to it, he noted that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had also on Tuesday summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari has also dispatched a special envoy to meet with the South African authorities, in addition to scheduling a presidential visit to South Africa for discussions with the government of that country on how to end the attacks and redress the current situation.
Every step necessary, Lawan believes, must be taken to protect law-abiding foreigners, including Nigerians, and their businesses from hate crimes in South Africa, stressing that South Africans and their businesses are prospering from the clement environment that Nigeria offers to all without discrimination. We demand no less from them.