Lawmakers condemn xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in S.A

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The House of Representatives has condemned the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerian citizens living in South Africa, describing it as unfortunate and barbaric.

The Deputy Chairman House Committee on Diaspora, Shehu Aliyu Musa, told Voice of Nigeria that the attacks contravene the UN Protocols and many agreements entered into between Nigeria and South Africa.

Shehu Aliyu declared that Nigeria will no longer condone such barbaric act from any nation, especially South Africa, which the country invested so much in its liberation.

“The House has directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to send a strong delegation to investigate the recent attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

We condemn the recent attacks it is barbaric. Henceforth Nigeria will no longer fold its arm watching its citizens maltreated unjustly.” He stressed.

The lawmaker also urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to always respect the laws, cultures and traditions of their host country, while conducting their lawful activities there.

On Saturday, the Nigerian Community in South Africa confirmed attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West.