Ahmad Lawal, the Senate president, on Monday, July 15, stated that not less than 118 Nigerians have been killed so far in South Africa
– Speaking to Bobby Moroe, the South African high commissioner to Nigeria, Lawal said that such attacks will not be tolerated by the federal government anymore
Ahmad Lawal, the Senate president, has voiced deep displeasure over the rising rate on xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
Lawal expressed his dissatisfaction on Monday, July 15, as he hosted Bobby Moroe, the country’s high commissioner to Nigeria, during the latter’s visit on a mission to look into causes of such attacks and possible ways to end them, Nigerian Tribune reports.
In his remarks condemning the awful trend, Lawal stated that so far, 118 Nigerians have been murdered in South Africa of which 13 of them were killed by policemen in the country.
He 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.
“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.
We must establish events leading into these killings, including the recent one of Mrs.Elizabeth Chukwu, who was killed in her hotel room.”
The Senate president added that the federal government will not tolerate any similar development in South Africa; stressing that Nigerians should be secured in the country as matter of responsibility.