FORMER President of South
Africa, Thabo Mbeki over the
weekend met with House of
Representatives delegation
to South Africa over recent
Xenophobic attacks on
Nigerians.
The delegation led by the
Leader of the House, Hon
Femi Gbajabiamila was
received by the former South
African leader at his private
residence in Johannesburg.
In a press statement, the
media aide to Gbajabiamila,
Olanrewaju Smart, hinted
that the meeting, which was
held behind closed door,
lasted for two hours with
both leaders addressing the
media after their meeting and
expressed their commitments
to strengthen the relationship
between two leading countries
in Africa.
“I had a meeting with the
delegation of members of
parliament from Nigeria and
that is very pleasing indeed
when I heard the news that the
delegation was coming. It was
important that they should
come to interact with all these
layers of South African society
to address these particular
matter which have been raised
that South Africans are killing
and beating up other Africans.

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“I am happy to hear that
they had interactions with
parliament(South Africa’s) and
know that we are a civil society.
I also hope that they will interact
with the government so that we
can cripple this matter to end it”,
Mbeki added.
In his part, Gbajabiamila
said the adoption of legislative
diplomacy by both parliaments
would eventually rub off on the
citizens of the two countries.
According to him, “As you
are aware, we felt it was time
that the parliament got in touch
as you are aware we have been
playing a less than proactive
role in foreign relations over
the years as parliamentarians so
we just thought we should try
something different in terms of a
diplomatic approach.
“We adopted what is known
around the world as legislative
or parliamentary diplomacy.
By engaging the South African
parliament, engaging the
stakeholders, and now we
just engaged with the former

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president Thabo Mbeki, whose
voice is still very loud here.
In addition, we decided to do
some kind of fact finding to see
what can be done to arrest the
situation and a reoccurrence of
it”.
Members of the delegation
include Chairman, House
Committee on Foreign Affairs,
Nnena Ukeje-Elendu; Chairman
House Committee on Special
Duties, Nasir Zangon-Daura;
Deputy Chairman House
Committee on Diaspora , Shehu
Musa; Hon. Sadiq Ibrahim and
Hon. Henry Nwawuba.
The delegation, which already
met with members of South
African parliament, will also
meet with the Nigeria-South
African business community
and Nigerians living in South
Africa.
“We are still having a meeting
with the Nigerian community
and we are meeting with some
members of the South African
business community and I
hope that we will be able to
aggregate all we have heard
from parliament; what we have
heard from the former president
and what we will hear from the
South African businesses as well
as the Nigerian community and
aggregate all those positions
and look for possible legislative
and diplomatic solutions,”
Gbajabiamila added.

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