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Xenophobic: Lawmaker ask Gbajabiamila, to cut short their recess

A member of the House of Representatives of the State of the Rivers, Kingsley Chinda, asked the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, to stop the current withdrawal and witness the murders of Nigerians in South Africa.

He made the call in a statement he personally signed and issued to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to Chinda, the measure has become necessary after the last round of xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa, in which three people died while an injured person is still receiving smoke inhalation treatment.

In his statement, Chinda said: “There is no better reason to reconvene the House than to save the lives of Nigerians and protect our integrity as a nation.

“Let the NASS reconvene now for one or two days to discuss and resolve on the best way to protect our people, who are even denied access to our country (The Nigerian Embassy in SA).

“I call on the leadership of NASS to reconvene the Assembly immediately. Our citizens are killed and our nationhood threatened by South Africa.”

He said the House must take a clear position and urged the relevant agency of government to act.

“It is snarls of responsiveness and irresponsibility on the part of government to stay one hour and do nothing while defenceless Nigerians are gruesomely killed in a foreign land without cause.

“We both as a nation and as Nigerians made a sacrifice for the independence of SA from minority white rule.

“Nigeria spent her money, boycotted international events, carried the crusade to all parts of the world.

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“There is no justification for SA to show such unconscionable attitude and devilish ingratitude to Nigeria.”

He argued that as federal legislators, they will be failing in their duty if the parliament does not act promptly.