16 Sep BAN: Our Condemnation of Xenophobia in South Africa
Xenophobia is a crime against humanity. There can be nothing right about it. For whatever reasons it may be, an attack by South African nationals on foreigners and foreign owned businesses in Johannesburg and Pretoria and other parts of South Africa, is simply unacceptable. It has drawn huge condemnation across the continent and globally. Brodas Across Nigeria (BAN), European Regional chapter, also add our voice to the complete disapproval and condemnation of those acts of hatred and violence.
In the opinion of the Russian and soviet Novelist, Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn ‘It’s a universal law; intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility’. We share in this view. Africans must understand that education is a spectrum and tolerance for other people who add value to your country, is all part of this spectrum. How can we honour the memories of African and Afro American thought leaders who have been huge sources of inspiration to the African Race, with these?
How can we explain this misplaced concept of Xenophobia of Africans towards their likes or even anyone from any other part of the world, to the hard work and memories of likes of Nelson Mandela, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, Oliver Reginald Tambo or even Martin Luther King Jr?
Our governments must now go into purposeful dialogue with each other to properly articulate the root causes for these barbaric acts with a view of nipping this in the bud once and for all. In the same vein, we wish to acknowledge and thank well-meaning Nigerians who have sacrificed their time, efforts, financial resources and put their weight both strategically and tactically to quickly address and arrest the situation in the short term.
Prominent amongst these are Chief Allen Ifeanyichukwu Onyema, the Chairman of Air Peace Airline, who, on 11th of September 2019, volunteered his Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft for the evacuation of about 187 Nigerians because of the xenophobic attack on foreigners in South Africa and who was there at the airport to welcome the returnees. We also acknowledge the courage and supportive attitude of the Chairman of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission, NIDC, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who has been very outspoken and, on her toes, also at the airport to welcome and offer support and help to the returnees. We thank them both for the leadership and philanthropy. Such sacrifices that are devoid of any affiliations to ethnic extractions, is indeed what our governments and indeed humanity, should emulate.
Brodas Across Nigeria (BAN)
European Regional Chapter