XENOPHOBIA: Obasanjo pens letter to South Africa

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Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has written an open letter in reaction to the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals in South Africa.
Obasanjo, in the letter addressed to the founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party in South Africa, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi ,on Monday, advised Nigerians and other African countries whose citizens were affected by the attacks to report to the African Union.
He described xenophobic attacks on foreigners by South Africans as a great disservice to Africa, calling for urgent reconciliation between the affected countries and South Africa.
The letter read, “For any African country to encourage or allow or not seriously sanction xenophobia against Africans in their country is a great disservice not only to the country where xenophobia takes place and the countries of the victims concerned, but also a great disservice to the whole of Africa and black race.
“At this juncture, there is need for fence-mending, reconciliation and wound-binding between South Africa and the countries whose citizens have been victims of xenophobia and afrophobia in South Africa.

“As a suggestion, South Africa should send emissaries to the countries concerned to explain, apologise and agree on the way forward for mutual understanding, accommodation, reconciliation, and binding the wound to promote unity, concord, and brotherhood in Africa.

“Repatriation of Nigerians from South Africa is obviously not a permanent solution. At best it is palliative. But the hurt will still remain for some time. Neither is revenge a desirable solution.
“Mutual understanding and acknowledgement of what needs to be done on all sides is imperative and getting down to doing them is the solution that will serve Nigeria and South Africa and indeed Africa well particularly in this era of Africa Continental Free Trade Area opportunities.
“Nigeria and South Africa must stand together to champion African cause and to jointly shepherd African development, unity, cooperation, security, and progress to make the 21st century Africa’s century.”

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