- The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has condemned the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa
- The monarch describes the development as shameful and unacceptable to the black race around the world
- Oba Ogunwusi, who recalls Nigeria did a lot for South Africa back in the past, says Africans need to come together and see themselves as one
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has described the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa on Nigerians living there and their properties as shameful and unacceptable to the black race around the world
The traditional ruler also advised Nigerians alleged to have embarked on reprisal attacks on South African companies in Nigeria to stop it and allow peace to reign.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, the monarch said: "This attack is a shame on the black people, we all need to come together and see ourselves as one.”
Legit.ng gathers that Oba Ogunwusi said that the more Africans propagate their cultural ties across the continent, the more they will see and recognise that they belong to one big family.
He said: "We must erase the ongoing xenophobic killings in Africa, we only have artificial boundaries. We are all the same, whether Nigeria or South Africa.
“Also, we must not forget so soon that Nigeria helped South Africa to fight the apartheid regime that led her to becoming a democratic country in 1994.
"That development led to the late Nelson Mandela emerging as the first democratically elected president of South Africa."
He said that it is unfortunate that the people involved in the xenophobic attacks either in South Africa or in Nigeria were only being misled by those who never knew the history of Africa and had no stake to lose.
Oba Ogunwusi said: “They are attacking their fellow brothers. Nigeria did a lot for South Africa back then. Our heritage and culture are factors that bring us together as members of the same family.
"The attacks on one another is mere ignorance and unacceptable. We should come together as one unified force."
Legit.ng previously reported that Air Peace Airlines offered free flights to Nigerians willing to return home from South Africa as the xenophobic attacks in that country continue unabated.
The disclosure was made in a statement on Wednesday, September 4, by the spokesman for the ministry of foreign affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye.
According to the statement, Air Peace volunteered to send an aircraft from Friday, September 6, to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria free of charge.
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