South Africa Xenophobic Attacks: Nigerian Senate reads the Riot Act

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The Upper Legislative Chamber, on Wednesday, July 10, warned the South African government that it will no longer tolerate further killing of Nigerian citizens in its country.

The Senate, asked the South African government to tell its nationals to stop forthwith the incessant killing of Nigerian residents there.

The Senate in a strong worded statement said that the wanton killing of Nigerians in South Africa would no longer be tolerated, while issuing a travel alert to Nigerians traveling to South Africa to be security conscious, and ensure that their safety is not under threat.

TOS TV gathered that the Senate’s position was sequel to the information given by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South), who had come under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, to comment on the recent killing of a Nigerian woman in South Africa.

Sen. Abaribe, while informing the Senate of latest of such killings in South Africa through a motion, tagged: “Death of Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwu in South Africa”, said that the late Ndubuisi-Chukwu was in the country as a Delegate of the Federal Government, to attend a programme, but was allegedly killed in a hotel.

“She went to South Africa to attend the Conference of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO), and initially was suspected to have died of cardiac arrest.

“The insinuation was proved wrong, following autopsy report released on June 20, 2019, by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs, which indicated in a death certificate that her death was unnatural, and suspected to be murder, due to strangulation.

“The suspicion that she could have been murdered was further confirmed in a separate document issued by South Africa’s Department of Health, on June 27, 2019, where it corroborated the autopsy report and revealed that she was strangled.

“This is not the first time Nigerians have died in suspicious and curious circumstances in South Africa”, Abaribe further said.

Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia North), in his contribution, gave further insight into how Nigerians are sometimes trailed to their hotels and killed in South Africa.

He suggested that the Federal Government must do more and put a final stop to the endless killing of Nigerians doing legitimate businesses in the former apartheid country.

Kalu said: “I was in the country and I visited the Embassy. I interacted with three former Presidents. When they think you have some money, they track you to the hotel and sometimes kill you.

“The Federal Government needs to do something. The person killed was a Federal Government Delegate. The hotel in question must provide the footage for investigation. Everywhere in South Africa, they pursue Nigerians around like common criminals.

“We have businesses there the same way they have businesses here. Three former Presidents of South Africa had in the past lived in Lagos. If they have, they should treat us as friends.

“Let us invite their Ambassador to Nigeria and our Ambassador to South Africa. I do not know when enough will be better. But enough is enough. This has to stop”, Sen. Kalu said.

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on his part said that “enough is enough” and revealed how the 8th Senate discussed the same issue extensively.

He said that as a responsible country, Nigeria cannot fold its hands and watch its citizens killed in other nations of the world, insisting that this must stop.

“This issue was discussed in the 8th Senate. We sent a Delegation to the South African Parliament then. South African businesses flourish more here.

“South African people are safe here. There is no need to take the lives of Nigerians. We deserve some respect. Our relationship must be respected. We are a responsible country.

“We should not be taken for granted. We have provided leadership in Africa. We cannot take these killings anymore, and we are no longer going to tolerate that”, the Senate President said.