Xenophobia: Senate Wants Ties With SA Re-assessed
The Nigerian Senate has recommended that government “reconsiders” diplomatic ties with South Africa in the wake of the attacks against citizens of the West African country.
At a plenary session on Tuesday, legislators condemned the violence they termed as “xenophobic attacks and extra judicial killings” saying were capable of weakening the “good” diplomatic ties between the two nations if urgent steps were not taken to address the “ugly trend.”
The senators raised alarm that 20 Nigerians in South Africa were allegedly killed in extra judicial manner over allegations of drug trafficking without recourse to legal process and fair hearing as prescribed by the International laws and the South African laws.
They reiterated allegations some 116 Nigerians have been killed in these attacks over the past two years.
In a motion sponsored by Senator Rose Oko and co-sponsored by Senators Tejuoso Olarenwaju, Ibrahim Kurfi and Obinna Ogba on the resurgence of the said xenophobic attacks and extra judicial killings of Nigerians in South Africa, the Senators observes that these incidents violated global statutes.
These were highlighted as Article 5 of the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Article 4 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and People Rights and sections 11 and 35 of the 1996 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
The Senate accordingly resolves to invite the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to provide insight into government's plans towards engaging South Africa to end the xenophobic attacks.
“The Senators also resolved to urge the Federal Government to reconsider the Country's diplomatic ties with South Africa if the ugly incidents are not urgently halted by the South African government,” Senate spokesman, Charles Akpan, said.