House Considering Special Session To Address Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians
Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila says the House is considering cutting short its recess and reconvening for one day to address the killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
Gbajabiamila who made this known in a tweet today also announced his decision to cut short his trip to Tanzania for the 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in order to return home to address the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
Meanwhile Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyema has summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Louis Mnguni, over the recurring attacks on Nigerians resident in South Africa.
Confirming the attack on Nigerians and their businesses in South Africa in his verified Twitter handle on Monday, Onyeama vowed that the federal government will take decisive measures in dealing with the matter, which has been condemned by Nigerians.
The Foreign Affairs Minister also described the recurring incident as "sickening and depressing."
South African looters had on Sunday attacked foreign-owned businesses in central Johannesburg.
This attack comes barely one week after a group of Nigerians staged a protest at the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria over xenophobic attacks by South Africans.
Nigerians living in South Africa have appealed for help from the federal government saying the situation is affecting them negatively.
A Nigerian Ogechi Ubendu who runs a food business in Johannesburg told correspondent Emiene Erameh that she has not opened her shop for three days for fear of being attacked.
Mrs Ubendu said the situation has affected her badly as she has had to remain indoors.
She said: “It’s really affecting me you know I’ve not cooked for three days now. A lot of shops are closed, you know we are close to Alex, this suburb is close to Alex and they are burning shops in Alex belonging to foreigners only.”
She continued: “Lots of Nigerians here can’t open their business places because we are afraid we might be attacked when we open the shop so because of the fear we can’t open the business.”
“We don’t go out, yesterday I went to town, the shops were being closed, I ran back home. I was indoors the whole of yesterday. There’s nothing like protection, even the police are scared, the police are just watching”, she concluded.