Xenophobia: Obasanjo writes South Africa’s Buthelezi


Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has urged the African countries, whose citizens were affected by xenophobic attacks in South Africa to report to the African Union. Obasanjo also advised the affected countries include Nigeria to take other measures if the first option did not yield the desired results.

Obasanjo stated this on Monday in his latest letter written to the founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party, in South Africa, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The former president said he wanted the affected African countries to table appropriate motions at the African Union as a first option and consider other measures if the situation continues unabated. Obasanjo, who described xenophobic attacks on foreigners by South Africans as a great disservice to Africa, called for urgent reconciliation between the xenophobic countries and South Africa.

He said, “For any African country to encourage or allow or not seriously sanction xenophobia against Africans in their country is a great disservice not only to the country where xenophobia takes place and the countries of the victims concerned, but also a great disservice to the whole of Africa and black race. “At this juncture, there is need for fence-mending, reconciliation and wound-binding between South Africa and the countries whose citizens have been victims of xenophobia and afrophobia in South Africa.


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