All over the world, condemnation has left the dictionary to refute the inimical act by South Africans against foreigners in their country christened xenophobia. Since a fortnight, Nigerians have been awash with retaliatory statements. Some say businesses owned by South Africans in Nigeria should be confiscated. Others say things similar to arbitrariness. These persons no doubt were entitled to their views, but do their views go with Democratic tenets?
Telling President Muhammadu Buhari to do this or that to South Africans tantamount to the same street mob urchins in South Africa have perfected. Giving Buhari such a blueprint means that these Nigerians are in support of the undemocratic features of the president recorded here and there in his cause of governance.
What happened in South Africa was too unfriendly, where about 10 persons were reportedly killed and billions of dollars businesses destroyed. Albeit, the Nigerian government should not be quick to anger without following diplomatic due process. The Nigerian government should avoid reducing itself to the level of what the blindfolded South Africans did. They knew nothing other than destruction, of which most of those involved in the act in pictures spreading around looked kwashiorkored and drug-ridden.
The in-thing should be the government here redressing the many internal squabbles here and there in Nigeria. One is the issue of Fulani herdsmen, Bandits and nepotism across the country. With these addressed, the Nigerian government would be sending a message out to the world that Nigerians value human lives and have respect for human dignity. These bad eggs in Nigeria can’t be having a field day in their killing expertise and Nigeria wants other countries to respect her nationals resident in their respective countries.
If Nigeria should bend to pressure to deal with South Africans and their businesses in Nigeria without first setting the Democratic compass very well, it means that Fulani cows that continue to damage people’s farms across the country upon public outcry against the impunity of the Fulani in the respective states across the country should be confiscated by such states. Let Nigeria get one thing right before the other. With that, she would be telling outside world that a section of her people have stopped destroying lives and property in Nigeria, like their uncivil counterparts in South Africa.
September 6 2019.