The tension between Nigeria and South Africa’s relationship over the last couple of years because of xenophobic attacks has yet again come up and this time it feels like it is only getting worse.
A few days ago, Nigerians in South Africa raised an alarm over the xenophobic attack been melted upon them by South Africans. Businesses owned by foreign nationals got burnt and some lives were also lost during the gruesome acts.
Popular South African comedian, Trevor Noah, has reacted to the ongoing xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other black foreign nationals in South Africa.
Trevor described the attacks as “misplaced priority”.
He pointed out that Nigerians and other African Nationals aren’t the ones taking jobs from South Africans as they claim because Africans in South Africa “may lay claim to less than 0.00001% of wealth in SA”, whereas “Whites in South Africa makes up about 8.7% of the population and controls over 85% wealth”.
He added, “So when I hear South Africans claiming that other Africans are competing with them on dwindling/scarce resources, I say that our anger and outrage is misplaced.”
He continued: “Yours is a complete misplaced anger, prejudice and xenophobia built up out of inferiority complex created by decades of apartheid and oppression.
“I don’t see fellow African as a competitor but a fellow compatriot who is struggling to feed his family and have some comfort in this short life-time.”
Read the rest of his statement below.
Toke Makinwa took to her Instagram page on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, where she expressed her shock over the xenophobic attack in South Africa. She went to say that she couldn’t come to terms to watch the gruesome videos of the attacks by South Africans. She appealed to them to do the right thing.
“We are all Africans, this is such a huge blow, it’s like we take 10 steps forward and 50 back. We have come so far from the dark ages yet we kill each other, just hearing about the Xenophobic attack in South Africa and my heart is broken, I cannot even begin to watch the gruesome videos, why? Why so much hate in the world? Why do we compete so much it becomes less healthy and eviler, what exactly is the point to all the killing? I love the people of South Africa, I know so many hardworking South Africans and you all have shown me love and so I implore you all to stand up for what is right.
We all cannot continue in silence if hate lingers nobody wins. Our doors have been nothing but welcoming to you all, we have so many South Africans living and working here, we make music together, promote our fashion to the rest of the world explore both cultures. Now let’s come together to fight this evil in our midst. We are all Africans, a win for us is for us to the world. United. This is so sad, so disturbing, so painful. One Love,” she said.
Peter Okoye while sharing his thoughts lamented about the way Africans are treating Africans instead of standing as one. He went to announce that he would be postponing the release date for his next song because of the recent developments in South Africa.
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