Nigeria’s Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the continuous killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
Lawan while receiving the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria Bobby Moroe on Monday warned that further attack on Nigerians would no longer be condoned.
Moroe’s visit to Nigeria is to unravel the causes of the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and find a lasting solution to the issue.
At the meeting which held in Abuja, Lawan expressed concern over the killing of 118 Nigerians in different attacks over the years, out of which 13 were by South African Police.
He said: “We in the Parliament must speak and prevent any further killings. These killings must stop. This is the era of social media where corpse of a victim may spark violence that may go beyond the control of government.
“The South African government must as a matter of urgency do whatever it takes to protect the lives and property of Nigerians living there, just as Nigerian government remain committed to the safety of South Africans residing here and their investments.
“I believe we have faced enough, we will no longer take it anymore. We want to write the names of Nigerians killed, and the South African parliament must act fast to put a stop to this menace.
“Over the years, 118 Nigerians have been killed, while 13 out of these were killed by South African Police”.
He recalled the enormous contributions of Nigeria to South Africa during the apartheid rule, adding that, “we must establish events leading into these killings, including the recent one of Mrs.Elizabeth Chukwu, who was killed in her hotel room.”
Nigeria, he said would no longer condone such killings, and urged South African government to as a matter of responsibility protect Nigerians residing there.
In his response, Monroe said the South African government is working to unravel the cause of the menace and find lasting solutions.
“Our government will continue to be committed to the good relationship with Nigeria. Your sentiment has gone deep into our heart, and you will be happy that the same sentiment has been our concern in South Africa.
“On behalf of the government of South Africa, we express our sincere condolences to Nigerian government for this unfortunate incident”, he stated.