Xenophobic: Nigeria, South Africa Agree To Criminalize Attack

Nigeria and South African Government have agreed to criminalize xenophobic attack on their citizens living in both countries.

This was the resolution of the Nigeria House of Representatives and its counterpart in South Africa after their meeting to find a lasting solution to the incessant killings of Nigerians in South Africa.

Led by the Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, a six man-committee visited South Africa to meet with its parliamentarians on March six where they concluded to evolve legislative instruments to criminalize xenophobic attack on Nigeria.

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According to the resolution, a part of which was made available to our correspondent, the two parliaments agreed to promulgate what they would call hate crime laws to promote tenets of solidarity, support and protection for Nigerians living in South Africa.

Besides, the ad-hoc committee also recommended that the Federal Government create job and quality infrastructure to attract more Nigerians back home rather than seeking greener pasture elsewhere.

“The creation of job opportunities and “massive infrastructure” in the country to discourage Nigerians from going abroad to seek greener pastures is much needed,” the committee said.

A report produced by the committee was adopted by the House in plenary in Abuja.

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Part of the resolution is that the South African Government must pay compensations to the relatives of Nigerians who had been killed and those whose business and properties had been destroyed by South Africans hoodlums.

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