The Nigerian House of Representatives has resolved to probe the legality of Chinese nationals and their businesses in the country.
The aim is to ensure that illegal Chinese immigrants in Nigeria as well as those operating illegal businesses are repatriated to their country.
There have been video evidences of racism against Nigerians and other blacks in China in recent times.
The Rep members, who resumed sitting on Tuesday after being on break since March 24, due to the COVID19 pandemic, had as one of its major agenda, the issue of maltreatment of Nigerians in China by the Chinese.
The agenda was contained in a motion entitled “Maltreatment and Institutional Acts of Racial Discrimination against Nigerians Living in China by the Government of China.”
The motion which supposedly sought to retaliate the alleged act by the Chinese was sponsored by Benjamin Kalu, Yusuf Buba, John Dyegh, Babajimi Benson, Tunji Olawuyi, Zakari Galadima, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Nnoli Nnaji, Dennis Idahosa, and Tolu Shadipe.
Following the motion, the lawmakers directed its Committees on Interior, Nigeria Content Development, Monitoring and Commerce to take up the assignment, as well as investigate the Nigeria Immigration Service, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Nigerian Content and Development Monitoring Board, and any other relevant Ministry, Department or Agency (MDA), for the validity of all immigration documents of every Chinese national in Nigeria.
The were also charged to probe the expatriate quota of all the Chinese businesses in Nigeria, to ascertain the number of illegal and undocumented immigrants in the country and ensure they were repatriated to China to regularise.
While the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and all relevant MDAs were urged to provide necessary financial and other assistance to affected Nigerians who wish to seek redress in any local or international court for breach of fundamental rights, loss of property or any other actionable cause occasioned by their maltreatment or discrimination in China, the House committees on Inter-Parliamentary Relations, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights and Diaspora were told to ascertain the extent of violation of rights of Nigerians in China, as well as losses arising from such maltreatments.
It is expected that the Chinese Parliament would be engaged appropriately to state Nigeria’s National Assembly’s condemnation of the discrimination against Nigerians and to ensure the cessation of such actions by its people and government.
Members of the house who were saddled with various responsibilities, were asked to report back within two weeks for further legislative action.