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Xenophobia: Federal lawmaker tells South Africa what to do to those attacking Nigerians



Taiwo Kolawole, a member of the House of Representatives, has asked the South African government to enact a law that punishes any of its citizens guilty of xenophobic acts.

Kolawole, in an interview with the Latest Nigeria Newspaper in Lagos on Tuesday, said the act of killing foreigners was brutal and must be resolved permanently by the Government of South Africa.

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“It is unfortunate that African countries were in this situation, especially Nigeria as a country. But, permanent solutions must be implemented to avoid future recurrence.

Latest Nigeria Newspaper report that The Government of South Africa must apply a certain law that will punish anyone found guilty of the crime,” said the legislator representing the federal constituency of Ajeromi Ifelodun.

He said the government must be proactive in resolving the xenophobic act for peaceful coexistence among nationals.

According to him, this should not be happening now that the Nigerian Government has just reluctantly signed the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

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Latest Nigeria Newspaper also report that Kolawole said the crisis was not necessary, and asked Nigerians abroad, especially in South Africa, to avoid any illegitimate act and business to avoid being victims of extrajudicial killings.

“According to the information, engineers, doctors, teachers and other professionals are not victims of the act of barbarism in South Africa.

“If you go to other countries to scam and sell drugs, your safety may not be guaranteed; Even in Nigeria, our own laws do not approve criminal acts. “Then, be careful when you are in foreign land to avoid being killed,” the legislator advised.

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Latest Nigeria Newspaper also report that Ms. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, president of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), said more than 640 Nigerians had registered to voluntarily return home from South Africa.

Latest Nigeria Newspaper also  report that The Consul General of Nigeria in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, also said that the first batch is expected to leave on two flights on Wednesday. Adama added that only those who were in danger as a result of the attacks would leave South Africa.