Otunba Gani Adams , the National Coordinator of the Odua Peoples Congress and Founder of Odua Progressive Union today was guest of the Nigeria Embassy In South Africa in solidarity visit to Nigerians over the spate of Xenophobia.
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.
She informed Gani Adams that the Embassy has dedicated the old Embassy building as a camp for Nigerians to seek refuge incase of any treat 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 is doing everything it can to ensure their safety while Otunba Gani Adams promised to propose to the Nigeria government of the need to make additional laws that will further protect Nigerians who have legitimate reasons to be outside.
He promised to sensitise Nigeria 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.
He thanked the Ambassador for her warm hospitality and the good work she is doing which he said is 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.