The recent spate of xenophobic attacks against Nigerians living in South Africa is alarming. It has led to some unfortunate retaliatory attacks on businesses in Nigeria owned by South Africans.
Isn’t it pathetic that a country Nigeria played an active part in setting free from the shackles of apartheid will turn around to hate Nigerians with a passion, hurt and maim it’s citizens and destroy Nigerian owned businesses.
This is a joke taken too far! Nigerians won’t have any of this anymore. They want their own pound of flesh since the leadership of the country has only paid lip service to the continous killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
On Tuesday, September 3, 2019 protesters raided Shoprite Lekki, Lagos, a popular shopping mall owned by South Africans, disrupted activities, looted their wares and burnt a police vehicle. A life was lost in the process thanks to the over zealous Nigerian police. Looters invaded Shoprite in Sangotedo and Surulere Lagos all in a bid to retaliate.
But how did we get here?
The Nigerian authorities have not done enough to pass a strong message to the South Africans that enough is enough and these senseless killings have continued for years. Many Nigerians have been killed by police, lynched by agry mobs, attacked by locals and nothing gets done about it.
Many Nigerians expect the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to do more than pay pay lip service to the killing of Nigerians. Actions has to the taken to show that every Nigerian life matters, until then the killings of Nigerian will continue and the people will have no choice but to take laws into their hands.