In recent times, Nigerians in South Africa have been killed, maimed, humiliated, arrested and detained on frivolous charges. It feels like “a chest filled with needles trying to work their way out”. it is time for some of us to speak out against this mindless attack and killing of Nigerians in South Africa.
In what seems like security agencies have decided to collude and connive with the young South African to attack and kill Nigerians in South Africa.
A picture is all over the internet where a Nigerian was beaten like an animal and later set ablaze in South Africa.
Thereafter, his shop was looted and his properties either shared or destroyed. All this was done jubilantly and recorded by South African, no offenses were levied against him.
I have seen videos and reports of Nigerians being molested and thrown to jail or possibly killed by the South African Police, as you read this write-up, thousands of Nigerians are languishing and gnashing their teeth in South African Prison and jail cells on phantom charges.
Other African countries are have been attacked, but that of Nigerians is becoming a reoccurring decimal.
It’s however unfortunate, inglorious and incurably bad that the South Africans have forgotten so quickly the role Nigerians played during Apartheid. Many African Countries especially Nigeria stood behind South Africa financially and otherwise.
Nigerian leaders, students, and activists held protests and marches in Lagos, Port Harcourt and other major cities against the detention of Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the ANC. Nigerians sang the “Mandela Song” every day in Primary and Secondary School. The moral and financial support was enormous. The present generation of South Africans may not be fully aware that Nigerians contributed immensely to the freedom they are enjoying today.
During the period of Apartheid, some ANC leaders ran to Nigeria and were protected and supported tremendously. If African cry of intimidation, discrimination, and oppression in Europe, America, and Asia, should they also cry of intimidation, oppression in South African ……. A supposed home?
What we see today is not the dream of Mandiba, Albert Litulu, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, etc. These were men who selflessly fought for the unification of Africa.
South African should serve as the Europe of Africa and a bastion of democracy and Human Rights.
It’s time for Nigeria to review her diplomatic relationship with South Africa. The President, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Assembly must rise up and show capacity by protecting Nigerians in South Africa.