The current xenophobic attacks on Nigerians by some misguided South African miscreants, is not only a huge challenge and a reprisal-related- assault on Nigeria and Nigerians, but one attack too many coming from a country Nigeria fought for during her apartheid regime, when the white South African minorities subjected them to existential threat and ethnic cleansing.
But, would any sincere, reasonable and responsible Nigerian with the right sense of judgement really blame the hostilities of these South Africans over Nigerians in that country? My humble submission is nope!
You don’t crave for undeserved respect outside your country’s shores when you are subjected and treated as a mere slave in your home country by the government that took an oath of office to protect you.
If Nigerian government, past and present, have not corruptly bastardized Nigerian sovereignty before the comity of nations but did the needful to her citizens, Nigerians would have no reason(s) to go elsewhere to seek for greener pastures outside the country’s shores it were.
Make no mistake, this is a country adjudged giant of the African continent to the jealous of other African Countries. Unfortunately, Nigeria is governed by irresponsible, and no-do-good leaders. Woe betide any hypocrite that would condemn the xenophobic killings of Nigerian citizens ongoing in South Africa.
If I may ask, what would those hypocrites hold as basis and justifications for such condemnations, when right here in Nigeria there are injustices, nepotism, pogrom, extra-judicial killings of Nigerians by Nigeria police and the military tantamount to gross insecurity ravaging the entire country.
The unabated killings hitherto of innocent Nigerians in Nigeria by the Fulani herdsmen and the boko haram Islamist sects with impunity are in the full glare of publicity and the watchful eyes of the global communities.
Therefore, why would any sane folk expect that Nigerians in diasporas would be respected by the citizens of the host countries, even their security agencies as seen in South Africa.
It is high time we stopped feigning hypocritical ignorance on obvious realities with verifiable facts. Unfortunately most Nigerians are not only gullible but have short memories and are easily outsmarted even by a worst dullard.
These are the pitiable shortcomings on Nigerians, which these so-called Nigerian leaders cash in to play on our collective intelligence, and even ridiculed the silly ones into “Useful Idiots.”
How do I mean?
It should be current in our memories and on our minds that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on 5th February, 2016, in the faraway United Kingdom, in an interview with The Telegraph, branded Nigerians as criminals.
In his words, “Nigerians reputation for crime has made them unwelcome in Britain.”
In a similar vein, in his recent purported participation in the just concluded “Seventh Tokyo International Conference On African Development” (TICAD7), in Tokyo, Japan, Buhari was quoted to have criminalized Nigerians in diaspora. Hear his word, “Criminals Abroad Don’t Represent Nigeria’s Values.”
Recall also on April 20, 2018, at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, United Kingdom, he branded Nigerian Youths as lazy, uneducated, who just want to sit down and do nothing, banking on the notion that Nigerian is an oil-rich nation.”
With all these blackmail coming from the President of a country whose citizens he supposed to defend and protect, why would any right-thinking folk blame any country that subjects Nigerians to inhuman treatment as is ongoing in South Africa.
Ghana is not an exception in humiliation of Nigerians in diasporas. On July 18, 2019, the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch, confirmed through his Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, that 994 Nigerians were deported from Ghana in 18 months. Was this not pathetically laughable?
It may interest those who cares to know, that Nigeria is just a country existing only on papers, synonymous with waste tissue papers before the comity of nations, because we have lost our enviable values and rightful position on the global community due to self criminalization of Nigerian citizens and hate-inspired blackmail by the country’s leaders.
We are now dreaded like a plague. All the multi-national companies that once relished good relationship with Nigerians in Nigeria have all relocated to other African countries like South Africa and Ghana.
Companies like Safmarine in the maritime industry, that still have business activities in Nigeria, have moved their corporate headquarters to South Africa. MTN, DSTV, Shoprite, and Stanbic IBTC, all the South African companies in Nigeria that made money in Nigeria has their headquarters in South Africa.
Truth be told, it would be foolhardy for Nigerians, more especially Ndi Igbo in diaspora to think that they would have Nigeria’s protections and backing under the purview of Mr. Muhammadu Buhari’s regime.
I said this advisedly because Buhari placed high premium on cows than Nigerians in diaspora. This can be buttressed by his pussyfooting dispositions on the killings since the news of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
Even his so-called minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, have not uttered a word, for or against these senseless hostilities and killings of Nigerians by South Africans in South Africa. Were it to be the issue of IPOB, I bet, minister Lie, sorry, Lai Mohammed I should say, would have been running his mouth in condemnations. This is the height of conspiracy by the ruling APC party against the Nigerian people.
I speak like a local Dude from the ancient Orika Kingdom, and as a wise Dude from the East. Therefore, the truth must be told whenever and wherever it is lacking irrespective of whose ox is gored.