#EndXenophobia: Gbajabiamila cuts short trip to Tanzania, may reconvene House over attacks

Worried by the incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners in faraway South Africa, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, on Tuesday hinted that the House may reconvene for one day to address the ugly development.

The Speaker who dropped the hint on verified Twitter handle on Tuesday said that he would be cutting short his trip to Tanzania, where he is attending the 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) conference holding in Zanzibar.

Hon Gbajabiamila disclosed that on arrival from his trip, he would be meeting with the leadership of the House where they would take the decision to reconvene the House to address the issue of xenophobic attacks.

According to him, “will be cutting short my trip to Tanzania for the 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference @CPA_Secretariat and will be leaving today, for the leadership of the @HouseNGR to consider cutting short the recess and reconvening for one day to address the killings of Nigerians in SA.”

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Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa have been the targets of attacks since last week when a taxi driver was killed by an alleged drug peddler in Pretoria.

Also, foreign-owned businesses have been looted and burnt in different parts of the country.

As of Monday, three persons had already been killed while one person was in the hospital being treated for smoke inhalation.

The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Moroe, had been invited by the Minister of Foreign Affairs for a meeting over the attacks.

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