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Rant here: Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa

Sheila Sagay

Sept. 08, 2019

The appalling and disastrous attacks on Nigerians by criminal South Africans is very repulsive. That is a country faced with decades of apartheid, violence and hatred, now turning around to do worse to their fellow black people.
South Africans shouldn’t sugarcoat their misbehaviour by calling it xenophobia; this is outright criminality perpetrated by hooligans.
It seems these South Africans have forgotten so soon that Nigeria played a major role in fighting for their ‘freedom’ and ensuring an end to apartheid in their country.
All in the name of xenophobia, several lives of Nigerians and foreigners have been taken.
Hiding under the umbrella of relative deprivation, fear of domination and lack of good jobs, they have decided to go on a killing spree, butchering Nigerians and destroying their businesses and property, claiming that they don’t want foreigners in their country.
On the flip side, one wouldn’t totally blame the South Africans who see Nigerians as threats in their country and economy. I believe that the major culprit to be blamed for the xenophobia crisis we are facing is the Nigerian government that has already failed even the unborn generation. Our leaders have failed to provide a conducive environment for Nigerians and that has left us with no choice but to seek asylum in other countries.
Yet, the government is seemingly doing nothing to improve the country’s economy. It is utterly sad that people now prefer to die in another man’s land than to come back to their fatherland.
If our government leaves them to continue the brutality, then things will only become worse for everyone on both sides.
Now, Nigerians have started attacking South African companies in Nigeria. Meanwhile, those same companies provide employment to lots of Nigerians. As has often been said, ‘an eye for an eye’ will ultimately make the world go blind. We shouldn’t react indiscriminately but have a well thought out plan to combat this menace.
I think the best way out is for the government to strengthen the country and provide job opportunities for our citizens. There is nothing citizens go to do in South Africa that they cannot do at home with the right environment.
This is a call to the Nigerian government to wake up from its slumber, so that the country can take its rightful place as the true giant of Africa.
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