- Senate president Ahmad Lawan says Nigerian government will no longer tolerate the killings of its innocent citizens in South Africa or any other country
- This was after a motion was moved by the minority leader of the Senate, Eyinnaya Abaribe
- Abaribe sought the Senate's intervention in the circumstances surrounding the death of Elizabeth Ndubuisi Chukwu
Senate president Ahmad Lawan has said that Nigerian government will no longer tolerate the killings of its innocent citizens in South Africa or any other country.
This came from the Senate president after a motion was moved by the minority leader of the Senate, Eyinnaya Abaribe, seeking the Senate's intervention in the circumstances surrounding the death of Elizabeth Ndubuisi Chukwu, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Senator Francis Fadanhusi, (Osun East) demanded that Nigeria should severe diplomatic relationship with South Africa over killings of its citizens in that country.
The Senate president said: “Nigeria as a country is tired of the killings and therefore, we believe that the relationship between South Africa and Nigeria must be better. There must be respect for each other.
“I agree completely with our colleagues who said that South African doing businesses in Nigeria flourish more than any other businesses in this country and South Africans are so very well protected in Nigeria.
“There is no need for any South African to take the life of Nigerian or indeed any other citizens. Nigeria was a front line country or considered to be one even though we are far away on the coast of Africa. Therefore we deserve that respect. The relationship between our two countries must be based on mutual respect and understanding.”
According to Lawan, Nigerian delegation to the Pan African Parliament in South Africa later this year would raise the maltreatment of Nigerian citizens in South Africa for deliberation.
He said: “l believe that our next set of contingents who will represent us in the parliament which is based in South Africa will ensure that these issues are brought to the fore. We are a responsible country. That is why we will not take the law into our hands in the way of retaliation but we shouldn’t be taken for granted.
“Nigeria provides leadership for Africa but in this leadership position, we should be able to tell every African country the truth.
“We have taken this killing, for too long and I think the time has come for us as Parliament to tell the South African Parliament where the South Africans are represented that we have taken enough of and we shall not take it anymore.
“I believe that as a country, executive arm has also protested but we should support the Executive arm of government so that we will be able to stop these mindless senseless killings of our citizens in those countries.”
The federal government was urged by the Senate not to relent in its efforts to unravel the circumstances of Chukwu's unfortunate demise.
The Senate also urged the government of South Africa to carry out an investigation into the death of Chukwu and other Nigerian citizens in such circumstances in that country.
Legit.ng previously reported that the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has assured that everything would be done to unravel the death of Elizabeth Ndubuisi, a Nigerian national who was said to have been strangled in South Africa.
Recall that Ndubuisi, who was said to be the deputy director general of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) was found dead in her room at Emperor’s Palace Casino, Hotel and Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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