Xenophobia: Obasanjo condemns action, berates South African leaders

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Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has condemned in strong terms attacks by South African youths on Nigerians and other African nationals in their country, blaming it all on the insincerity of the government of that country.

He made his position known on Wednesday in Abeokuta while receiving the leadership of the Nigeria  Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru ,Jos, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library,during a courtesy call on him by the management of the institute, led by its chairman,  Major General  Lawrence Onoja(retd).

The former president said the current development in South Africa betrayed the contribution of Nigeria to the struggle for the emancipation of  the country during the apartheid era.

Obasanjo who blamed the exodus of Nigerians and other African nationals on the search for the elusive and non-existing greener pasture, however, called on African heads of governments to  ensure good governance for the overall development of the continent and its teeming population.

He blamed South African youths for their immaturity, while hitting their leaders more for allowing fellow Africans to rise against themselves.

He said, “Youths can be so  immature, they may not understand  what Africa  stands for, what our continental  organisations  stand for.  But if the youths do not understand  what happened, what happened to the leadership?

“I will blame the youths of the country for the attacks but I will blame the leaders more in any country  that allows xenophobic attacks against fellow Africans for whatever reason.

“Having said that, it is also the responsibility  of everyone of us  in our different countries to  prepare our countries,  so that those  our youths  that think  that there is an Eldorado  somewhere outside their countries will be made to know that there is no  green pasture  anywhere.

“The green pasture is here in your country. I feel disheartened  to know that many of our youths perished while crossing the Sahara desert or the Mediterranean.”

Source: Punch News

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