Xenophobia : Reps May Grill Onyeama This Week

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The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Kabiru Bala and Dabiri-Erewa, Abia PulseNews reports.

The House had suspended the plan to reconvene over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other nationals in South Africa.

Instead, the lawmakers had summoned the officials to brief the parliament on the measures being taken by the Nigerian government on the matter.

Speaking with one of our correspondents on the telephone on Sunday, the Vice-Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Obinna Onwubuariri, said the minister failed to show up at the meeting scheduled for Wednesday last week.

He said the officials would now appear before the lawmakers this week.

Onwubuariri said, “We were supposed to meet with the minister of foreign affairs. Unfortunately that day we waited, but the minister did not come. The Speaker tried to put a call to the minister, the call was not connecting. Later in the evening or the next day, he eventually got the minister on the line and said the appointment would be rescheduled.”

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