The House of Representatives, on Thursday said it would do everything to ensure that the murderers of a Nigerian, Timothy Chinedu, in South Africa, face the law.
The chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (Abia-PDP), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, after a closed door meeting with members of Nigeria Union, South Africa, on Thursday.
The lawmaker said due to the recent killings of Nigerians in that country, there was urgent need for the Nigerian parliament to meet with their South African counterpart on the issue.
“We spoke concerning the Nigerian boy who was killed and it is something the parliament will continue to put pressure until the killers are brought to book.
“In fact, we have had riots and a lot of extra-judicial killing of Nigerians, culminating in the very tragic murder of the Nigerian a month ago.
“We have seen that there is no institutionalised help coming from the government of South Africa in the same way that Nigeria offers institutional help.
“Aside from the violation of MTN, the Nigerian government still overlooked some fines, which the South African companies ought to have paid,” she said.
Ms. Elendu-Ukeje emphasised that it was heart-breaking that Nigerians who live in South Africa constantly complain about institutional discrimination against them.
“We are very glad that the president of South Africa is going to visit Nigeria very soon. I think that underscores the closeness of both governments.
“Unfortunately, as our governments are getting closer, it will seem that the citizens are getting farther apart.
“I think this is the role the parliament can play, where our parliament engages the parliament of South Africa in a constructive way to show to them what Nigeria has done to promote brotherliness among African people.
“This is expected to be reciprocated,” she added.
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