Xenophobia: Nigeria will not abandon you – Gani Adams assure citizens in South Africa

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National Coordinator of the Odua Peoples Congress and Founder of Odua Progressive Union,Otunba Gani Adams, was guest of the Nigeria Embassy In South Africa on Thursday when he paid a solidarity visit to Nigerians over the spate of Xenophobia in the Southern African country.

The Ambassador at the Consulate General of Nigeria,Mrs Uche Ajulu-Okeke was on ground to welcome Otunba Gani Adams’ entourage to the country.

In her opening 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.

The official informed Gani Adams that the Embassy had dedicated the old Embassy building as a camp for Nigerians to seek refuge in case of any threat or danger.

The OPC leader commended the Embassy for its protectiveness since the unwarranted attack on foreigners, expressing concern that the South African government owes it a duty to protect the lives and property of foreigners.

The Ambassador, Mrs Uche Ajulu-Okeke and Otunba Gani Adams later addressed Nigerians, assuring them that the mission was doing everything it can to ensure their safety.

Otunba Gani Adams promised to propose to the Nigerian government of the need to make additional laws that will further protect Nigerians who have legitimate reasons to be outside.

He promised to sensitize Nigerian Government and Nigerians of the need to come to the aid of Nigerians affected by Xenophobia while expressing his willingness to be of support to the Mission and Nigerians in any capacity that his assistance may be required.

Adams thanked the Ambassador for her warm hospitality and the good work she is doing which he said was even being noticed in Nigeria.

The interaction was attended by the Executive members of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, cross section of Nigerians and members of the Nigeria Mission in South Africa.

Daily post news – culled from: http://dailypost.ng/2015/04/24/xenophobia-nigeria-will-not-abandon-you-gani-adams-assure-citizens-in-south-africa/

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