THE Nigerian House of Representatives has keyed into the global agitation against racism by calling for a review of the country’s foreign policy with a view to liberate the black man from discrimination any where in the world.
The call followed a unanimous motion adopted on Matters of Urgent Public Importance moved by Garba Muhammad (APC-Kaduna) at plenary on Wednesday.
Muhammad recalled that Nigeria attained independence in October 1960 after British colonial rule that spanned over a century after a bitter struggle lasting decades.
He said that the feat was made possible by the contributions of nationalists and founding fathers of our nation such as Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Ahmadu Bello and Chief Obafemi Awolowo, other frontrunners and unsung heroes like the “Aba Women Warriors.”
The lawmaker said that the dehumanisation to which the Nigerian people were subjected to had left an indelible yearning to confront denial, discrimination and oppression of any form particularly on account of skin colour.
He highlighted the role of Nigeria and her leaders in the abrogation of the apartheid policy in South Africa.
The lawmaker said: “Aware that for the aforementioned reasons, on attainment of independence, Africa became the centerpiece of Nigeria’s foreign policy.
“The time has come to put an end to the culture of discrimination, annihilation, genocide and racial cleansing being perpetrated against Nigerians, Africans and black people all over the world.
“The black race must secure the same level of protection of which the Jewish precedent is an example; and Nigeria must once again take the lead toward this objective if eternal shame is to be avoided.”
Muhammad said that if the discrimination was allowed to continue, there would cease to be a black population on earth in due course.
He said that the foreign policy was dynamic and that the time had come to focus Nigeria’s foreign policy toward its original goals of Afro-centrism as well as justice for all people particularly all black people.
The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila mandated the committees on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora to collaborate to organise a conference of local and international stakeholders.
He mandated them to work towards fashioning out comprehensive approaches to the festering challenge of racism and discrimination against Nigerians, Africans and black people all over the world.
The killing of a defenseless African American by a white policeman, George Perry Floyd Jr. during an arrest on May 25, 2020, had led to protests and demonstrations in the US against racism and global condemnation of the continued discrimination against blacks.