Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has once again, put pen to paper in the wake of escalating xenophobic attacks by South Africans against other nationals living in their country. He said there’s no justification for these attacks, and that it does not guarantee South Africans would achieve what they are agitating for.
The former president also condemned the attitude of South African security personnels whose actions seem like some form of endorsement for the horrible conducts of their out of sort people.
He said, “As it is being touted that xenophobia will give South Africans more jobs, I dare say, it is fallacy.
“Xenophobia will make investment in South Africa more difficult, which will lead to lack of job creation and loss of existing jobs,” Obasanjo said in condemning the recent xenophobic attack against Nigerians in South-Africa.
He said such kind gestures were not motivated by praises or positions but by sense of duty and obligation as Africans towards fellow Africans.
The former president condemned what he described as “incompetence or collusion” on the part of South African Police for standing aloof watching miscreants and criminals committing crimes against fellow human beings in the country.
“This was experienced in South Africa in recent times and it shows either incompetence or collusion on the part of the police.
“Repatriation of Nigerians from South- Africa is obviously not a permanent solution. At best, it is palliative because the hurt will still remain for some time and revenge is also not the desirable solution.
“Mutual understanding and acknowledgement of what needs to be done on all sides is imperative and getting down to doing them is the solution that will serve Nigeria and South Africa and indeed Africa, particularly in this era of Africa Continental Free Trade Area opportunities.
“In the final analysis, if South- Africa fails to initiate appropriate and satisfactory steps to deal with the issues to pacify affected victims and work for reconciliation, the countries concerned should come together to table appropriate motions at the African Union level first and consider other measures if the situation is allowed to continue,” he said.