The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Bobby Moroe, has expressed regrets over xenophobic attacks of Nigerians in his country. Moroe state
The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Bobby Moroe, has expressed regrets over xenophobic attacks of Nigerians in his country. Moroe stated this when he visited the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in order to brief the leadership of the red chamber on what his home country was doing to curb xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
He said his government had commenced full investigations to unravel the causes of the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and had taken steps to stop them. He also said an inquest had been instituted to investigate all cases of xenophobic attacks in the country, including the murder of the late deputy director-general of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Elizabeth Ndubusi-Chukwu. The inquest, he said, would reveal the cause of her murder and find solutions across board to all the killings.
He said, “Our government will continue to be committed to the good relationship with Nigeria. Your sentiment has gone deep into our heart, and you will be happy that the same sentiment has been our concern in South Africa. On behalf of the government of South Africa, we express our sincere condolences to the Nigerian government for this unfortunate incident.”
The President of the Senate condemned the continuous killings of Nigerians in South Africa. He warned that further xenophobic attacks on Nigerians would no longer be condoned. Lawan expressed concern that about 118 Nigerians had so far lost their lives in different attacks over the years, out of which 13 were by killed by the South African Police. He said the meeting between him and the South African envoy became pertinent considering the incessant attacks on Nigerians who were living in South Africa.
He said, “The South African Government must, as a matter of urgency, do whatever it takes to protect the lives and property of Nigerians living there, just as the Nigerian Government remains committed to the safety of South Africans residing here and their investments. We must establish events that led to the killings, including the recent one of Mrs Elizabeth Chukwu, who was killed in her hotel room.”