- President Buhari and his South African counterpart are expected to meet
- This is as a result of the reportedly growing attacks against Nigerians in South Africa
- Abike Dabiri said the two leaders will also look to strengthen bilateral relationship
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to meet with the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramahosa, over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
There has been reports of Nigerians being attacked in South Africa and this has raised concern.
The Nation reports that Abike Dabiri-Erewa who is the chairman of the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) spoke in Abuja on Wednesday, August 7, where she disclosed the planned meeting.
She also said the two leaders would dwell on other bilateral issues to strengthen relationship between both countries.
Dabiri said Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs and the South African counterpart will also meet as soon as President Buhari constitutes his cabinet.
She said: “Really it’s pathetic, it’s sad. As we said before, until about 2016, we have had 118 Nigerians killed in South Africa. Between 2018 and today, 88 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa. Out of this 88, 25 were cases of Nigerians killing Nigerians and we have had the case of Mrs. Elizabeth Chukwue who was murdered in her hotel room.
“Eight policemen are currently being investigated in South Africa for their involvement in killings against Nigerians, that investigation must come to an end and there must be consequences for their actions.
“The two policemen that did this to Tayo are already being investigated by investigating body that deals with police officers in South Africa, we must know the outcome of the investigation.
“We also must know who killed Mrs. Elizabeth Chukwu who went for a conference and died in her hotel room.
She called for an end to xenophobia as Africans should be focused on other productive things.
Dabiri noted that every country has their own challenges, but killing other people is not the solution to anything. She said if a Nigerian commits a crime, the person should be punished.
According to her, it is a shame that in the 21st century, Africans killing Africans is still a topic for discussion. She said we should be talking about Africans going to the moon, doing inventions, taking over the world.
Legit.ng reported recently that there was protest against killings of Nigerians in South Africa by members of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Anambra state.
The state commissioner of police, John Abang, said police stopped an attempt to shut down a South African company.
Members of the association had reportedly started assembling at the South African company's office in Awka, the Anambra state capital, as early as 8am before its leadership was summoned by the commissioner.
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