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Xenophobic attacks: Nigerians await reps’ diplomatic shuttle

From Kemi Yesufu, Abuja
“ Not again”, many Nigerians must have thought when news filtered in last month, that their countrymen and women were for the umpteenth time victims of xenophobic attacks in South-Africa.
Investigation reveals that the history of xenophobic attacks in the country which Nigeria led the struggle for its liberation, dates back to 1994 and the nature of these vicious attacks have become even more violent and destructive over time. A study based on a citizen survey across member states by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Daily Sun gathered, showed South Africans expressing strong anti-foreigner sentiment, with 21 percent of them in favour of a complete ban on entry by foreigners and 64 percent in support of strict limitations on the numbers allowed into their country. South-Africans have continuously blamed foreigners for unemployment, crime and spreading AIDS in their country.
With viral videos of defenceless Nigerians hunted down and attacked like animals shared across the country, the anger expressed by Nigerians online and at different fora, along with the protest in Abuja led by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) did not therefore come as a surprise. The fact that Nigerians in South Africa lost goods and property valued  at N84 million during an earlier round of attacks against foreign nationals in 2015, and with them again incurring huge losses in the latest attack elicited strongly worded condemnations by Nigerians, with many calling on the Federal Government to intervene in a “decisive and effective manner.”
Spokesman of the Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA), Emeka Ezinteje Collins, informed disclosed that Nigerian homes and businesses in Pretoria West were attacked in several late-night incidents, adding that Nigerians now live in fear.
“Our people and other foreigners are apparently living in fear of the unknown as the hoodlums have promised more attacks  under a group called the ‘Mamelodi concerned residents’.
“We have also received reports from our members of receiving threatening anonymous calls requesting that money be paid to avert destruction of their properties”, Collins further said.
The anger across Nigeria on the recent attacks, may have gingered the National Assembly to make an unprecedented intervention, with two different resolutions, one in the Senate and the other in the House of Representatives, to send delegations to the land led by President Jacob Zuma. Under Zuma, Nigeria and South Africa have remained friendly even when there were instances of what could be described as sibling rivalry occurring between both countries at different times. In March 2016 for instance , the South African president, who was led to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari addressed federal lawmakers, with his speech dwelling on the role played by Nigeria in ending apartheid in his country and how relations between both countries have remained cordial.
But owing to the latest round of attacks, the House resolved to send a delegation to the parliament of South Africa, sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion of Urgent National Importance by Chairperson, House committee on Diaspora, Rita Orji.
She had while moving the motion said homes of some of Nigerians and their businesses  in South Africa had been set ablaze for no just reasons, adding that Nigerians accused of prostitution and drug dealing were being killed without trial, while the local police looked the other way.
But in a surprising twist, Orji didn’t make the list of the six -man delegation which leaves for South Africa this week, to spend five days, undertaking, what has been dubbed, legislative diplomacy by the Chairperson of the House Committee on Foreign Relations, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje.
The six-man delegation, is led by the House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila. Orji’s absence on the list has been explained to be not suc

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