Xenophobia: S/Africa takes another hit as Jim Ovia withdraws from WEF

Xenophobia: S/Africa takes another hit as Jim Ovia withdraws from WEF

- The founder/chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, has withdrawn from the World Economic Forum (WEF) holding in South-Africa over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians

- Ovia withdrew as a result of what he referred to as the “hypersensitivity of the issues surrounding the lives and well-being of Nigerian citizens living in South Africa”

- According to Ovia, Africa would not reach its potential until positive change towards collective growth happens

- The entrepreneur and philanthropist called on other members of the private sector to join hands and solve the menace plaguing the African continent

The founder/chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, has withdrawn from the World Economic Forum (WEF) holding in South-Africa, over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living over there.

The development was made public via the LinkedIn page of the Jim Ovia Foundation on Thursday, September 4.

Legit.ng notes that Ovia withdrew as a result of what he referred to as the “hypersensitivity of the issues surrounding the lives and well-being of Nigerian citizens living in South Africa.”

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The statement read: “Following the hypersensitivity of the issues surrounding the lives and well-being of Nigerian citizens living in South Africa and to contribute his voice against the poor state of security regarding foreign nationals living in Africa, the founder/chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, has withdrawn from further activities at the World Economic Forum Africa 2019, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Before taking his exit, Ovia stressed the need for youth empowerment and better government policies to curb continual attacks on persons living within and outside Africa.

“He belaboured that until positive change towards collective growth happens on this front, the continent would not reach its potential.

“Ovia added that full support should be rendered in vocational education of the young persons living in not just Nigeria but Africa.”

The statement pointed out that the Jim Ovia Foundation had taken up a stance on the issue, having empowered over 3,500 students and entrepreneurs since its inception.

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Ovia called on other members of the private sector to join hands and solve this menace plaguing the African continent.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former minister and ex-presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili, came under criticism for attending the World Economic Forum in South Africa at a time Nigerians are being killed in that country.

The development forced the federal government to boycott the forum which began on Wednesday, September 4.

Other countries including Rwanda, Malawi and DR Congo also boycotted the forum probably in retaliation for the renewed killing of Nigerians and other Africans resident in South Africa.

A Twitter user identified as Larenchy said the minister should have taken a cue from the federal government by also boycotting the forum.

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