The National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, on Thursday visited the Nigerian Embassy in South Africa in support of Nigerians affected by the spate of xenophobic attacks in the country.
Mr. Adams promised to propose to the Nigeria?n? government the need to make additional laws that will further protect Nigerians who have legitimate reasons to be outside the country.
Mr. Adams was received by the Ambassador at the Consulate General of Nigeria, Uche Ajulu-Okeke. He later addressed Nigerians assuring them that the mission was doing everything it could to ensure their safety He promised to sensitise the Nigeria?n? government and Nigerians o?n? the need to come to the aid of Nigerians affected by xenophobia in South Africa. He expressed his willingness to be of support to the mission and Nigerians in any capacity that his assistance may be required.
In her welcome remarks, the ambassador narrated the genesis of xenophobia especially after the post apartheid era which led to the hate of foreigners and the eventual violent attacks. She revealed that some Nigerians were target of attacks and had their businesses disrupted. She informed Mr. Adams that the embassy had dedicated its old building as a camp for Nigerians to seek refuge in case of any threat or danger.
The OPC leader commended the embassy for its ?effort? since the unwarranted attack on foreigners. He thanked the ambassador for her hospitality and the good work she was doing, which he said was being noticed in Nigeria. Meanwhile, the interaction was attended by the executive members of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, a cross section of Nigerians and members of the Nigeria Mission in South Africa.