OrderPaperToday – Kingsley Chinda, the lawmaker representing Obio/Akpor federal constituency in the House of Representatives, has described the slow response of the federal government to the Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa as “snarls of responsiveness and irresponsibility on the part of government.”
The lawmaker from Rivers state stated this in a press statement, adding that the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila should reconvene the House.
It would be recalled that the Speaker had already announced that the House will cut short its annual recess and convene an emergency session while President Muhammadu Buhari has withdrawn Nigeria from participating at the World Economic Forum (WEF) slated for October and recalled the Nigerian High Commissioner in South Africa.
Chinda in his statement said: “Let the NASS reconvene now for one or two days to discuss and resolve on the best way to protect our people, who are even denied access to our country ( The Nigerian Embassy in SA).
“I call on the leadership of NASS to reconvene the Assembly immediately. Our citizens are killed and our nationhood threatened by South Africa.
“It is snarls of responsiveness and irresponsibility on the part of government to stay one hour and do nothing while defenceless Nigerians are gruesomely killed in a foreign land without cause.
“We both as a nation and as Nigerians made a sacrifice for the independence of SA from minority white rule. Nigeria spent her money, boycotted international events, carried the crusade to all parts of the World.
“There is no better reason to reconvene the House than to save the lives of Nigerians and protect our integrity as a nation.”
He added further “There is no justification for SA to show such unconscionable attitude and devilish ingratitude to Nigeria. We must call off the recess now in the overriding public interest. It’s a matter of extreme urgent public importance that we reconvene.”