Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos
Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Ona
Kakanfo of Yorubaland, has urged Nigerians living in South Africa and
other foreign lands to be moderate in their dealings and shun criminal
acts which may provoke their hosts to violence.
He also urged
successful Nigerians working in foreign countries not to use their
wealth to oppress the citizens of their host countries.
his silence on the latest xenophobic attack in South Africa, Adams who
condemn the arson and inhuman treatment meted to Nigerians, however,
said based on the facts he gathered, no Nigerian was killed in the
latest attack, adding that videos being circulated on social media
platforms are from previous incidents.
While declaring support
for the actions taken so far by the Nigerian government, Adams who spoke
with newsmen in Lagos, said some Nigerians in South Africa get involved
in drug deals and also encourage South Africans to join them in the
“There has been a pressure on me to issue a
statement on this matter and I can confirm that as at this moment, no
life has been lost.
The videos being circulated are old videos.
That is why you can’t see pictures of killings in traditional media
because they have the facts.
“Most of the gory pictures being
circulated are on social, media. In this era of social media, anybody
that has data are now journalists in their own rights.
issue of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, I am a regular
traveller to South Africa. The issue is from both sides. I condemn the
action of some few criminal elements in South Africa. South Africans are
lovely people, very hospitable and accommodating at their own level. I
am speaking with facts. Most of the professionals in South Africa are
“The last time I travelled to South Africa, I went to
see a dentist who is from Congo. During our conversation, he mentioned
about 50 Nigerian medical doctors whose establishments are in South
Africa. If we bring 20 of these doctors to Nigeria, they will turn
around our medical sector.
He said the best black neurosurgeon
in South Africa is a Nigerian. Also, the majority of the best lecturers
in South Africa today are Nigerians.”
According to Adams, given
the huge role Nigeria played the liberation of South Africa from
apartheid rule, Nigeria does not deserve the kind of treatment it is
getting. He added that the South African government should do more to
protect the interest of Nigerians doing businesses in their country as
the federal government is also doing to South African investments here.
I think we should manage this xenophobic crisis carefully. I agree with
the federal government because when you don’t express your displeasure
over what happened, the other country will not know your worth.
attacks are condemnable and I implore the South African government to
go back to history and think of what Nigeria did for their liberation
during the apartheid era.
“All the universities in Nigeria
contributed to their struggle for independence against the whites. When
they refused to release Nelson Mandela, our musician’s waxed albums
calling for his release. So, we have done a lot for them and any
shortcoming from Nigerians has to be forgiven by South Africans.
“On the side of Nigerians, parents who have children in South Africa
should talk to them on the need for proper behaviour. Some Nigerians
are involved in the drug business in South Africa and they encourage
South Africans to also get involved in drug dealings.
Nigerians will go to parties and clubs to oppress these South Africans.
They buy champagne worth millions of naira and pour it on their heads
while the citizens of South Africa are struggling to buy a bottle of
beer. When you are in a foreign country and God has blessed you, you
need to be moderate in your dealings.
“South Africa people too
should be careful because they have lots of investments here such as
MTN, Multichoice, Stanbic Bank. Inasmuch as they have investments here
and our government is protecting them, they too should protect the
interests of Nigerians living in South Africa.
“Look at what
happened here when Nigerians wanted to carry out reprisal attacks, our
security forces still protected South African businesses despite the
fact that our citizens are being humiliated in South Africa,” he said.