Xenophobia: Nigerian Govt Dispatches Special Envoy To South Africa As Reps Mull Over Reconvening

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Nigerian lawmakers in the lower parliamentary chamber, the House of Representatives, could reconsider reconvening to deal with attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

Speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila, wrote on Twitter that he was cutting short an official trip to Tanzania to confer with leadership on the matter.

He said the reconvening will be a one-day sitting to allow lawmakers to address the killings of Nigerians in South Africa.

Meanwhile, the government of Nigeria said it has dispatched a Special Envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, the concerns of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari and interact with him on the situation. The Special Envoy is expected to arrive in Pretoria latest Thursday, September 5, 2019.

In a statement signed by the minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffery Onyeama and released on Twitter, the country assured that they will not allow anarchy and violence be the order of the day.

@NigeriaGov is working to stop this criminality against Nigerians in South Africa. The South African Government has issued a statement and arrest has been made. @NigeriaGov wants sssurance that this will not occur anymore,” the statement said. 

 

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