Xenophobia: Senate Calls Off Trip To South Africa

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The senate has called off its proposed visit to the South African parliament to discuss ways of ending the spate of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African Nationals in the country.

The announcement was made by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided Wednesday’s plenary session.

Ekweremadu explained that the upper legislative chamber decided to discontinue its plans to visit South Africa due to the fact that the House of Representatives had already taken a simila decision and had appointed delegates.

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He said a single delegation would be enough to convey the message.

The House of Representatives had nominated its majority leader Femi Gbajabiamila, to lead five other members of the House to South Africa for the same reason.

The other members include: Nnenna Okeje, Sadiq Ibrahim, Henry Nwawuba, Nasiru Daura, and Shehu Musa.

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Recall that the Senate had earlier appointed Ekweremadu to lead a strong five-man Senate delegation to South Africa following another round of attacks on Nigerians in the country as well as the destruction of their businesses.

The attacks triggered protest by some Nigerians in Abuja, who stormed the office of one of the biggest telecommunication companies operating in the country, MTN, which is owned by South Africa.

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Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on foreign affairs and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had earlier urged the South African Government to do more in bringing the attacks to an end, stressing the need for Africans to live together in peace.

Aside MTN, there are other big South African companies operating in Nigeria, including Shoprite and Multichoice Entertainments, owners of DSTV.