Nigeria’s leader in the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says the good relations between leaders must trickle down to the citizens of the two countries because Nigerians only hear about violence in South Africa.
“There is nowhere in the world you hear rightly or wrongly that your people are being attacked in systemic, continuous way. Nigerians are very perturbed about what is going on in SA. Calls for retaliation, but can assure won’t happen,” says Gbajabiamila.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Lechesa Tsenodi, says he has had a very fruitful discussion with the leader of the Nigerian House of Representatives.
The two Parliamentary delegations met to discuss the recent spate of xenophobic attacks in the country and how to deepen diplomatic relations.
Tsenodi says the aim of the meeting was to discuss how the two nations can live and work together in a peaceful way.
However, he says no illegal acts will be tolerated on either side.
“We both agreed that no illegality is acceptable whoever is conducting it, others taking law into their own hands, others engaging in illegal activities. Whoever it is, that conduct is unacceptable. Our judicial systems and security systems must act so that those who break the law are taken to task.”
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– By SABC