The Former Deputy President of the Senate, Sen.
Ike Ekweremadu, has called on the
International Parliament for Tolerance and
Peace (IPTP) holding in Ethiopia, to pay
special attention to the xenophobic attacks
on the African continent.
Mr Uche Anichukwu, his Media aide, said in a
statement that Ekweremadu made the call on
Monday at the opening plenary of the IPTP,
October session in Addis-Ababa.
Ekweremadu, who chairs the Legal and
Legislative Affairs Committee of the IPTP said
”since we are holding this session in Africa,
permit me to mention the issue of
xenophobia, a development that worries me.
“There is a growing trend in acts and
incidences of intolerance, which is destroying
the brotherhood, peace, and mutual
relationship among the people of Africa.
“As a special parliament focusing on
tolerance and peace, we will not close our
eyes to the cases of xenophobia wherever it
“I also appeal to our brothers and sisters in
Africa to not only continue to tolerate, but to
also respectfully accept one another as one
people with a common destiny.”
The former Speaker of the Parliament of the
Parliament of the Economic Community of
West African States (ECOWAS), however,
commended the Prime Minister of Ethiopia,
Ahmed Abiy, for his efforts at promoting
tolerance and peace in the East African
He also commended the prime minister for
ending Ethiopia’s 20-year hostilities with
“It is instructive that the efforts of this
government to engender peace was recently
recorgnised with the bestowal of the Nobel
Peace Prize on Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy.
The award is his contribution in driving the
deal that ended the nearly 20-year old border
hostilities between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
“I hope that our presence and work here will
help to reinforce Ethiopian Government’s
policy of preaching and working for tolerance
with its neighbours, which is yielding peace.
“I also hope that the prime minister’s vision
of tolerance and peace will transcend the East
African region and impact the rest of Africa,
He also expressed satisfaction on the impact
and expansion of the IPTP since its
inauguration in Malta in July 2018.