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The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to review its bilateral relations with South Africa, especially in the areas of business and security.
The lawmakers particularly condemned the killing of Elizabeth Obianuju-Ndubuisi, a Deputy Director General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria who was allegedly strangled in a South African hotel on June 13, 2019.
At the plenary on Thursday, the lower chamber of the National Assembly protested against the killings of Nigerians in the African country, urging the Nigerian government to reciprocate through diplomatic means.
The call was based on a motion moved by a member, Patrick Asadu, titled, ‘The Incessant Attacks and Killings of Nigerians in South Africa and the Apparent Lack of Required Response from both the Governments to Arrest Same.’
The motion, which was unanimously adopted, also condemned the spate of insecurity across Nigeria and the recent killing of Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, in Ondo State by suspected herdsmen.
Granting prayers of the motion, the lawmakers resolved to observe a minute silence in honour of Obianuju-Ndubuisi.
They also resolved, “That a bilateral commission of enquiry be set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Government of South Africa to unravel the cause of this reported attacks and killings of Nigerians in South Africa
“That there should be an urgent review of all bilateral agreements between Nigeria and a re-definition of relationships both in security and business.
“That the Federal Government should carry out an overhaul of the diplomatic relations with a view to protecting Nigerians outside the country especially in South Africa.”
Moving the motion, Asadu said, “The House notes with deep concerns, the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians in South Africa and within the country on a daily basis.
“The House is distressed by the obvious lack of the required response from both the governments of South Africa and Nigeria to arrest this ugly situation; worried that xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa has become so recurrent.”