In an effort to see to the complete end to the current xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, Nigerian House of Representatives has sent out a high-powered delegation led by Majority house leader, Femi Gbajabiamila to South Africa to engage relevant stakeholders on the matter.
The majority leader will be joined by the Chairman House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Nnena Okeje, Rep. Sadiq Ibrahim, Henry Nwawuba, Nasiru Zango Daura, and Shehu Aliyu Musa, as well as officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This may have come on the heels of the outburst of Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora Matters, Rep Rita Orji, who felt that the Nigerian government was tardy in looking into the matter. She also felt that the business concerns of the South Africans were overly protected to the detriment of Nigerians.
She said, “Have we taken any bold steps to make sure that incessant killings of Nigerians abroad unlawfully are being taken care of? These are pertinent questions that any Nigerian that loves life would ask. And why would this conspiracy of silence linger while blood is being shed, while Nigerians are being killed like chicken in various countries, while Nigerians are becoming endangered species.
“Must we protect the foreign interest to the detriment of Nigerians. Now NCC is hellbent on reviewing upwards the price of data and voice calls in Nigeria to the detriment of Nigerians, even with the intervention of National Assembly, NCC is bent on doing that on their own, just to protect the interest of the foreigners.
“The South African Government should bear in mind that Nigerians know that they have interests, they have businesses here, they have South Africans here, they should not put their people in jeopardy.”