South Africa President

Those who are still hoping that African continent might someday reinvent

itself for the better are at best hallucinating, at worst living in the

world that’s out of it. Africa has remained a basket case and no amount of

outward buck-passing on “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa” can change the

self-afflicted tragedy the continent has visited upon itself, long after


Even at that, the two countries in Africa – Ethiopia and Liberia – that

were never colonized are devoid of provable positive indicators to suggest

that African Continent shouldn’t have been colonized, in the first place.

It defeats the narrow argument of those who insist African problems

originate from the eruption of modern civilisation and disruption of

original African political system.

The colonialists never tempered with Africans’ DNA or uprooted the seed of

uprightness from the African man. Neither did they plant intrinsic seed of

fraud, tyranny, hatred or ethnocentrism among the black race. Even if they

did, what stops African leaders from shaking off the shackles of animalism

and embrace rectitude and free spirit?

That the continent has failed itself woefully couldn’t put a lie to former

South Africa Apartheid Prime Minister, Pieter Willem Botha’s (1988)

summation that “Black people can’t rule themselves because they don’t have

brains and mental capacity to govern a society. Give them guns, they would

kill themselves. Give them power, they would steal all the government

money. Give them ndependence and democracy, they will use it to promote

tribalism, ethnicity, bigotry, hatred, killing and wars”.

Pieter Botha’s incendiary is at the heart of blighted leadership and

citizens’ blindness that have cumulatively resulted to uncanny human

carnage, wanton destruction, savagery and barbarity across the swathe of

the continent. A continent that fails to educate her people about its own

ancestral history, the shared values and vision, collective contribution to

human solidarity in time of trials and stardom can’t lay claim to

civilisation or humanity. The continent and her people merely replaced and

supplanted animal and elevates barbarity at the submit.

The tragedy of the crisis is the burying of the heads tactic adopted by

African political leaders and governments by either outrightly claiming

that the crisis of xenophobia is a criminal attacks or coincidence of

reprisal attacks against foreign nationals for drugs peddling. Nosiviwe

Mapisa-Nqakula, South Africa’s Defence Minister, two weeks ago said the

attacks against foreigners including Nigerians in South Africa were planned

by criminals and that government can’t prevent it after describing South

Africa as an angry nation. She insisted that the government can’t prevent

the ongoing violence.

“The reality is that we have an angry nation. What’s happening can never be

prevented by any government. People are saying some Heads of States decided

not to attend the World Economic Forum; we should be talking about why this

whole thing is coinciding with that. People are saying it is xenophobic

attacks but it is not the first time, we have had them in the past.

“We have criminals that have read the situation and are aware that we have

challenges right now. We have talked on the issues of high rate of

unemployment, of some foreign nationals who are not conducting themselves

in an appropriate manner as we would expect, those breaking the bylaws of

the country, and you now have criminal elements who have decided that we

are going to use all of those things to find reasons to attack people”,

Nosiviwe said.

South Africa Minister of Defence truthfully stated the fact that South

Africa successive governments, including the present government under which

she’s serving have failed to curtail the phenomenon of xenophobic attacks

against other African that dates back to 1994, which eventually resurfaced

in 2008, 2015 and from then on to the current climatic tipping point of

dehumanizing proportion.

What that suggests is that all the African countries and the legions of

organisations like the African Union (AU) have decidedly and/or

collectively failed, abysmally. The worse of the pack is the Nigerian state

under the very fragile,  deleterious, bigotry President Muhammadu Buhari.

The president has long put premium on cattle over human. His obsession for

cattle and his militia Fulani terrorists prompted him to release several

billion of naira to build thousands of two/three bedroom flats for the

Fulani aggressors across the country while the victims of their attack in

Benue, Taraba and Plateau States and the rest of Nigerians are depraved of

access to basic food in all the IDP camps!

How can anyone explain Mr. Buhari’s disclosure that Nigerians who are

victims of xenophobia attacks in South Africa must return home and accept

ten thousand naira (N10,000) on arrival via tradermoni without air-lifting

them in the first place while his terrorists ethnic militia brother are

benefiting from oil and tax money which they never contributed to?

To start with, from the available records, Hausa Fulani are not among those

Nigerians slaughtered in those attacks. The killing is in order for

President Buhari and his minders since cattle and Fulani Herdsmen are not

involved. What’s more? After all, Buhari has killed more Nigerians

extra-judicially with the deployment of military called operation crocodile

or snake dancers to kill harmless IPOB members in Eastern Nigeria.

Beside, Mr. Buhari is not qualified to now answer the name president having

abdicated in his constitutional obligation to protect life and property as

spelt out by the Nigerian Constitution. Boko Haram terrorists, Fulani

militias and armed bandits have been furnishing terror to the country,

including his home state of Katsina where half of the local government

areas have been taken over by bandits and kidnappers, killing Nigerians per


South Africa, her notorious government and people would have by now

resolved the evil of xenophobia if Nigeria is a country with a solid

governance structures in place and an organic president at the saddle to

pilot the institutions to assert her vicissitudes as the Giant of Africa.

African Continent will remain a basket case until the mass of Nigerian

populace and the rest of the oppressed downtrodden across the continent

stand up and resist wayward leadership, mindless dictatorship and

tyrannical bigots and brain-dead presidents.

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