Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Xenophobia: Ekweremadu leads 7-man Senate team to South Africa


But the demonstrators in Abuja had simmered down by then and were calling on the governments of South Africa and Nigeria to end the bloody spats in both countries.

Other African countries are also warning their nationals to take precautions while in the rainbow nation.

Speaking during plenary, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki said the Upper Legislative Chambers has resolved "to send a strong parliamentary delegation to the South African parliament to register its displeasure over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians". According to local media reports, residents claimed their fight was against a drugs and prostitution syndicate, allegedly run by Nigerians. An "anti-immigration" march was held near Pretoria on 24 February.

The union said it was worrisome that South Africans saw fellow Africans as competitors, rather than a fellow compatriots looking for a greener pasture. Some customers too were attacked”.

Speaking at the meeting, Senate Committee Chairman, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu said "We are not happy and we are highly disappointed". We have chose to clear the madness with madness.

"Consequently, we dont have any diplomatic relationship with South Africa anymore. If it is necessary Nigeria will not hesitate to put sanctions on South Africa".

Kadiri criticised South African security agents for failing to contain the violence.

"Africans are engaged in small shops, vending and service industries".

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The union commended the role Nigeria played in the 1980s toward the dismantling of apartheid.

While calling on African leaders to work harder to develop their respective countries and make it better the youths succeed, he urged Nigerian youths to shun risky migration overseas, saying "there no more green pastures anywhere".

"They own several multi-billion dollar investments in Nigeria". Have you been able to invite Nigerians that lost their property in 2015 to tell them that we are negotiating something for you?

He added that Africa's progress depends on Africans harmoniously exploiting the economic potential of the African continent.

Moreover, there was an urgent need, they said, for the Zuma administration to address health and housing needs of South Africas poor and unemployed.

"They have not come to our offices or any of our South African company offices".

Most of the contributors agreed that South African and Nigerian political leaders should proactively avert any escalation of the crisis.

"We are also concerned about the failure of the South African authorities to provide an effective remedy and reparation to victims, including restitution, compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition".

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