The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Abuja have staged a protest to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to agitate for government’s prompt response to incessant attacks and killings of citizens schooling abroad, particularly the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.
The students also threatened to embark on reprisal attacks on foreign nationals, including South Africans and their businesses in Nigeria, if government from both countries do not call those responsible for the killings in those countries to order.
The Under Secretary, African Affairs at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Godwin Agama, assured the aggrieved students of the government’s prompt response to the situation, urging them not to take laws into their hands.
There have been reports of renewed xenophobic attacks in South Africa’s Kwazulu Natal province.
The Nigerian House of Representatives has also condemned the attack on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Diapora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa has said that Nigeria must put its feet down and be very decisive in acting against the killing of Nigerians abroad.
Meanwhile, the South African High Commissioner in Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, said that the crisis had been triggered by the level of poverty in the area and the drive by locals to have complete access to the resources alone.