Xenophobia: Activist blames Nigerian leaders for attacks on Nigerians in S/Africa

Xenophobia: Activist blames Nigerian leaders for attacks on Nigerians in S/Africa

- Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, a Lagos-based social critic and political activist, has blamed bad governance by Nigerian leaders for the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa

- The activist said the maltreatment of Nigerians all over the world is as a result of bad governance in Nigeria

- Onitiri implored the government to do the needful by improving the lots of citizens and giving them the dividends of democracy

Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, a Lagos-based social critic and political activist, says bad governance by past and present Nigerian leaders is responsible for the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

He said this in a statement released on Friday, September 6 in Lagos, The Nation reports.

Legit.ng gathers that Onitiri emphasised that Nigerian youths would stay at home instead of migrating elsewhere for greener pastures, if the country’s leaders at federal and state levels had harnessed and utilised the nation’s available human and financial resources to the benefit of Nigerians and the youths in particular.

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He said: “The maltreatment of Nigerians all over the world is as a result of bad governance in Nigeria.

“This is why Boko Haram, herdsmen, kidnappers and bandits constantly and freely unleash havoc on citizens at will with the connivance of our security agencies or rather while our security agencies look elsewhere.”

Onitiri lamented over the fact that the Nigerian government could no longer provide security for the lives and property of citizens.

He said: “Our youths migrate massively out of the country for greener pastures. Our teeming jobless youths prefer death to staying in Nigeria.”

Onitiri implored the government to do the needful by improving the lots of citizens and giving them the dividends of democracy. He also urged the government to empower women, who he said are in the majority, and provide jobs for youths.

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In a similar development, Legit.ng previously reported that insecurity and poor economy were identified as causes of Nigerians’ migration to South Africa, by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).

The association’s south-east chairman, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, made the observation on Saturday, September 7, amidst the face-off between Nigeria and South Africa over xenophobic attacks and attendant reprisals.

Siddiki added that ethnic bigotry and disunity in the country are parts of the reasons Nigerians migrate to South Africa.

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