This is a very long-due blog to publish, but it’s funny how I’m just getting to publish it now even when I have written it long before now (like a year ago or thereabout), it’s also funny how this write-up—even when it is a very late-coming one—will still be relevant even many years ahead. I mean, the topic “Xenophobia” given to this write-up may make it sound like this write-up is unnecessary, but I bet it is and will always be, and that’s because of how the xenophobia attacks always get to come back again after being gone for a short while—especially in the southern part of Africa. Such comebacks are always amazing!
I do not say amazing to mean the brutal killing of foreigners by the indigenous South Africans feels alright—it does not and it’s never going to. Rather, I say amazing to mean it seems as if nothing resulting is ever done about it, which is so typical of the Nigerian foreign politics—irresponsive and slow to do anything if they would ever do. Anyways, the Nigerian and South African governments’ part of the menace is not what I’m writing this about but the people’s part.
Nigeria played a very crucial role in ending the segregating, discriminating, and marginalizing apartheid in South Africa; yes, true, but should that mean South Africa must pay for that forever? I sound that way to tackle how everyone is always referring to the role Nigeria played in ending apartheid whenever South Africans do something to Nigerians in their country to remind them that they are only aliens and they have overstayed their welcome. This may sound a little controversial to what everyone else thinks about the xenophobia in South Africa; but if South Africans are tired of hosting foreigners, can’t the foreigners just leave for where they came from or at least to somewhere else? It’s never that easy to leave—I know, and that’s where I pick up my point from; if we can’t leave then it will only mean we have given ourselves to the chaos-wanting and blood-thirsty South Africans to transfer their xenophobic anger on. We should at this point quit blaming it on all the ones who are xenophobic, but on the ones who let it keep coming too—the ones who can’t leave. Besides, we shouldn’t forget so soon that Nigeria was one time xenophobic too before it became this condoning. Yes, the “Ghana-must-go’’ thing is what I’m referring to here, and it’s high time we realized that was some xenophobic move too. If you have forgotten that, now you are reminded.
On the part of the South Africans now; if a people of South Africa refuses to work and yet believes everything belongs to them—everything that is in South Africa and even South Africa herself—while the foreigners work their butts off because then can’t forget why they are there on the foreign soil (to find greener pastures), then should the lazy ones in South Africa be pissed when employers prefer to employ the ones who are ready to work all-round the clock tirelessly to the ones who can’t do such? Should there be any anger towards the former if the latter gets poorer while the former gets richer? These are the records we must set straight to be able to address the issue of the xenophobic attacks happening every now and then in South with the governments of the concerned states acting like they are barely concerned.
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