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Zuma must stop further killing of Nigerians – Reps

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 at 7:28 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Funmi Falobi, Lagos

Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday condemned the xenophobic killings taking place in South Africa.

They called on President Goodluck Jonathan to draw the attention of South African President Jacob Zuma to the concern Nigeria feels regarding the safety of its citizens in the southern Africa country.

The Representatives also charged Jonathan to send a high-profile delegation to South Africa to ascertain the true situation of things.

The House made the resolution during its proceedings on Thursday, as xenophobic attacks increased against Nigerians and other Africans.

The resolution came following the report that 10 Nigerians were feared dead after South African mobs launched xenophobic attacks on African migrants in Johannesburg on Friday, April 10.

According to reports, five Gabonese, 10 Somalis and five Congolese students were also killed, with some of their bodies set ablaze during the attack.

The South Africans claim that black migrants from other African countries are taking all the jobs available in their country, leaving the citizens jobless, and slowly taking over their economy.

The House in its resolution, which was chaired by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that Nigerians are evacuated from the violence-prone areas.

The member representing Edo Central, Friday Itula, said, “South Africa has forgotten the Big Brother role Nigeria played in giving it independence during the reign of Apartheid.

“Nigeria should recall its ambassador and other African countries should do the same by cutting off diplomatic ties, so that they will know that Nigeria and Africans are ready for action.

“It is not even just enough to call back our envoy to South Africa, we must make sure that lost businesses are compensated and bread winners that lost their lives are paid for.’’

Chairperson, House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who raised the motion bemoaned the killings, calling the Federal Government to act fast before further damage is done.

She also called on Zuma to ensure that no Nigerians are further killed.
Speaking with Daily Independent on telephone on Thursday, she said, “I raised a motion on it in the House today. (We) resolved that the Nigerian Ambassador be recalled for further consultations. It is a condemnable act in all ramifications.

“Zuma must, as a matter of urgency, ensure no Nigerians are further killed and those guilty for murder must be punished. The AU must also intervene as blacks killing blacks is shameful, pathetic and must be stopped.

“This is not what Nelson Mandela lived and died for. Nigerians are unsafe in South Africa and the Federal Government should prepare for emergency evacuation of Nigerians if situation is not curbed.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian High Commissioner in South Africa has advised Nigerians to move out of the violence-prone areas of South Africa as soon as possible.