Xenophobic attacks in South Africa go against everything Mandela fought for, says Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

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Updated: March 8, 2021

Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, spoke to reporters in the northern city of Kano on Tuesday and answered questions on the xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals, including Nigerians, in South Africa. Mr. Osinbajo argued that the attacks go against what South African leaders, including the current president, as well as the late African icon, Nelson Mandela, fought for.

He did not mention Mandela by name but when the world thinks about great South African leaders who resisted oppression, Mandela’s name is not far off.

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“Let me say first that these recent attacks are condemnable. It is very sad and very unfortunate that the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians living in South Africa are once again being destroyed with such wantonness and with such carelessness and recklessness.

“It is unfortunate because Nigeria and Nigerians invested a great deal in the pulling down of apartheid. Besides, these acts of bigotry are entirely contrary to the very ideals that all the great South African leaders, including the present President fought for, and for which many gave their lives.

“Mr President has already spoken about this; and obviously we are very concerned and certainly intend to take this up with the authorities in South Africa in order to ensure that this sort of thing does not repeat itself. This is absolutely unacceptable and unconscionable.”
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