OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has warned South African government over xenophobic violence noting that “Nigeria will no longer tolerate hate crimes” on its citizens.
His reaction is sequel to recent attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.
In a statement personally signed by him and released by his media team on Tuesday, Lawan stressed that Nigeria has had enough of its citizens being targets of these attacks “and will no longer tolerate hate crimes in any form against its citizens who are doing legitimate businesses in that country.”
He recalled a meeting he had in July 15 with the South African High Commissioner, Bobby Moroe, over the same issue urging the South African Government and parliament to protect the lives and property of Nigerians living in South Africans as the Nigerian government is committed to doing same.
“Every step necessary must be taken in protecting law-abiding foreigners, including Nigerians and their businesses from hate crimes in South Africa,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched a special envoy to meet with the South African authorities, in addition to scheduling a presidential visit to South Africa for discussions with the government of that country on how to end the attacks and redress the current situation.