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Xenophobic: Fighting Wrong War In Wrong Way

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ElevateNews takes a look at the xenophobic attack in South Africa as a wrong war.

The telecommunications Giant, MTN closes shop in Nigeria, until angry Nigerians will sheath their swords.

President Muhammadu Buhari meets with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Godfrey Onyeama behind a closed door.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu threatens to deal with any Lagosian found attacking foreigners, mostly South Africans.

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi urged the Federal Government to come up with a decisive policy that can affect the South African businesses in Nigeria.

Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode wants Buhari to nationalize all South Africa companies in Nigeria.

These were the reactions that trailed the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

The fiery Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana also advised the Federal Government of Nigeria to sue South Africa government for xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.

Earlier Buhari had sent an envoy to the Zululand to set for diplomatic discuss on how to stop the xenophobia.

I think this is also the position of the former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu but he prefers that Nigeria cuts off its diplomatic ties with South Africa before it would engage it in any discussion.

This is far from the thought of some Nigerians who trooped out to vandalise every business outlet that belongs to South Africa companies in Nigeria.

They stormed MTN and Multichoice Offices to protest the killings of their brothers and sisters who live in South Africa.

This action makes us the worse of the losers. The Xenophobic attack is a wrong war on Nigerians as the reprisal attack on what belongs to South Africa in Nigeria is also a wrong way to protest.

The vandalism does not help Nigeria and Nigerians. The Africa Union has waded into the matter and hundreds of South African youths have been arrested over this.

It shows that the world is not just watching as spectators, the xenophobic attack is a serious matter for now.

Those who attack Nigerians in South Africa are mindless criminals, according to Onyeama and one must add that they are not just criminals, they are youths who have no knowledge of history about apartheid and also lack who can give it to them.

Perhaps, young South Africans will need education about the role of Nigeria in South Africa’s independence.

Not only this, there is a need to educate Black Africans that we are all the same except the boundaries that were created to divide us by the colonial masters.

After the meeting of Buhari, Osinbajo and Onyeama, it became imperative for the Federal Government to recall the Nigeria High Commissioner in South Africa, Kabiru Bala. Nigeria also pulled out of the World Economic Summit, holding in Cape Town.

The Peace Airline, a Nigerian company has also volunteered to lift Nigerians who are willing to leave South Africa as from today.

The real war should have been against corruption, ethnicity and racism, it should not be xenophobia.

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