Nigeria And South Africa Presidents To Meet Over Xenophobic Attacks

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President Muhammadu Buhari will be meeting with Cyril Ramahosa of South Africa over the never-ending hate-driven attacks on Nigerians in the southernmost country, Hon. Abike Erewa has said.

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), who disclosed this to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday also said the two leaders’ meeting in Abuja will also dwell on other bilateral issues that will strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa.

Erewa said the meeting becomes inevitable to foreclose recurrence.

According to her, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and that of South Africa will also meet as soon as the new cabinet of President Buhari is constituted.

She said ”Really it’s pathetic, it’s sad. As we said before, until about 2016, we have had 118 Nigerians killed in South Africa. Between 2018 and today, 88 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa. Out of this 88, 25 were cases of Nigerians killing Nigerians and we have had the case of Mrs. Elizabeth Chukwue who was murdered in her hotel room.”

As a way forward, she also demanded full investigation into the xenophobic cases in South Africa.

She said: ”Eight policemen are currently being investigated in South Africa for their involvement in killings against Nigerians, that investigation must come to an end and there must be consequences for their actions.

”The two policemen that did this to Tayo are already being investigated by investigating body that deals with police officers in South Africa, we must know the outcome of the investigation.

“We also must know who killed Mrs. Elizabeth Chukwu who went for a conference and died in her hotel room.

”We know that every country has their own challenges, we have ours and they have theirs. But killing other people is not the solution to anything. If a Nigerian commits a crime you deal with the person.

”We just have to put an end to xenophobia in Africa. It is a shame that in the 21st century we are talking about Africans killing Africans, rather than talking of Africans going to the moon, doing inventions, taking over the world. This cannot be called to happen, ” she added.

The press conference which was tagged ’Enough is Enough, was attended by the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).

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