The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock over allegations that some Nigerians living in South Africa were locked out of the Nigerian Embassy in South Africa where they went to seek refuge during xenophobic attacks in that country.
In a statement issued on on Tuesday by the party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP condemned the attacks and berated president Muhammadu Buhari for what it described at insensitivity towards to wellbeing of Nigerians in South Africa and at home.
“PDP Condemns Xenophobic Killings in South Africa, Berates Buhari…Urges National Assembly to Summon Emergency Session
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns the killing of innocent Nigerians and other nationals in the mindless violent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
“The PDP is particularly heartbroken by the insensitivity of the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency in failing to protect Nigerians in the face of unwarranted violent attacks by xenophobic South Africans.
“Our party is extremely shocked by allegations that officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration at the Nigerian Embassy in South Africa, locked the gates against our compatriots in the face of bloody attacks, leaving them to the cruelty of their assailants.
“The PDP holds such scenario as condemnable, inexcusable, completely unpardonable, adding that it can only come from a government that does not derive from the people and as such cannot protect their interests.
“Such insensitivity by the Buhari Presidency to issues of safety, welfare and rights of Nigerians living abroad has continued to embolden acts of violence, violations and killing of our citizens in foreign lands.
“Nigerians are utterly appalled by the disparagement and abandonment of our citizens by the Buhari administration.
“Indeed, our citizens have totally lost hope of any forceful intervention by the Buhari Presidency, as it has not shown any commitment towards defending Nigerians in the face of unjust attacks, harassments and even murder both at home and abroad.
“Back home, the Buhari Presidency has also not demonstrated any capacity or commitment towards securing our nation, a situation that has emboldened insurgents, kidnappers, marauders and bandits in their mindless pillaging of our citizens in various parts of the country.
“The PDP therefore calls on members of the National Assembly, as the true representatives of the people, to come to the rescue, by cutting short their recess for an emergency session to forcefully address the plight of Nigerians in South Africa.
“The National Assembly is called upon to immediately engage the South African authorities for explanations on the attacks on our compatriots and seek options to address the situation in the interest of all.
“The PDP urges Nigerians to continue to assist and pray for the victims of the xenophobic attack as the National Assembly finds solution to this challenge.”