Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the worsening and constant Xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, most especially Nigerians in South Africa.
Concise News understands in a statement he issued in Abuja on Tuesday evening that Nigeria has had enough of its citizens being made targets of attacks in the Southern African nation.
He said that Nigeria would no longer tolerate hate crimes in any form against its citizens doing legitimate businesses in that country.
Lawan said “Xenophobic violence is most condemnable anywhere; more so in South Africa, a country which citizens benefitted from the unwavering support and solidarity of Africans and freedom lovers across the world in its historic struggle against apartheid.
“More disturbing, however, is that these attacks indicate the neglect of educating the younger generations on the sacrifices that Africans proudly made towards expunging the scourges of colonialism and apartheid from their continent.
“The enormous contributions of Nigeria to this historic struggle is underscored by its recognition as a frontline state in the prolonged confrontation against the powerful racist regime that held generations of Southern Africans in bondage in subhuman conditions.
“This recognition is in spite of the fact that Nigeria does not share geographical borders with the subregion and was far removed from the direct consequences of apartheid.”
Lawan further stated that the liberation of South Africa was rightly celebrated across the continent and the black world as the final emancipation of Africans from colonialism and apartheid.
He said that it was thus an unacceptable irony that some South Africans would now choose other Africans in their country as the targets of mindless violent attacks over frustrations for which the innocent victims had no control.
The Senate President recalled that he had on July 15 met with the South African High Commissioner, Bobby Moroe, in Abuja over the same issue.
”At the meeting, I had said that the South African government must as a matter of urgency do whatever it takes to protect the lives and property of Nigerians living there,” he said.