Nigeria shouldn’t go it solo on matters affecting Afrika

2015-04-30 06:00

South Afrikans over the weekend leading to their Freedom day celebrations were shocked to hear that the Nigerian government has recalled its acting High Commissioner and the Deputy High Commissioner amid the xenophobic problems that have engulfed our country.

The flood of immigrants into South Afrika has at its roots the instability in other African countries including Nigeria, Congo, Mozambique, Zimbabwe etc.

This has proven to be the catalyst in breeding scores of criminals, murderers, drug lords and many other criminal activities in our country.

These criminals are disguised as honest immigrants and refugee seekers.

Nigerians are worse perpetrators of criminal activities. They have become synonymous with drug dealers, 419 scams to name a few.

For Nigeria to even try to create further tension between them and SA is puzzling since they are part of the problem that we are facing as a continent.

The Nigerian government refuses to be part of the solution but resort to grandstanding and places the entire continent at a risk of tearing and destroying all the plans for unity in the continent.

Afrika, as we stand, needs a versatile approach to the issue of Xenophobia and other challenges it faces.

The AU now more than ever needs to function for the gathering of heads of states, the ministers and everyone involved to ensure that there are lasting solutions discussed to deal with the challenges and problems faced individual countries that eventually leads to these immigrations.

The real problems Afrikans and Afrika faces are economic problems and bad and inept leadership.

On the issue of economical problem, I am forced to quote Kwame Nkrumah’s 1961 article, I Speak of Freedom: A Statement of African Ideology, where he said “Although most Africans are poor, our continent is potentially extremely rich.

Our mineral resources, which are being exploited with foreign capital only to enrich foreign investors, range from gold and diamonds to uranium and petroleum.”

Afrika leaders need to now take a step back and reflect on their respective countries to see what are the minerals each of their country has on offer and how are they used to improve the lives of the people of the country.

The intra-Afrika trade has also proven to be too small with many products being bought from abroad without even looking to source them from one another.

The fact that there are no efforts made to foster an improvement of links up between countries alone sends off alarms. There are no infrastructures that ensure that there is an uninterrupted trade links between Afrikan countries.

Isn’t this a problem? What then is a purpose of AU and leaders?

Nigeria needs to understand that their decision to pull-out their ambassador from South Afrika creates a very difficult atmosphere between them and the South Afrikan government.

Especially after how the Nigerian government handled the other matters that affected the two nations including the death of the 80 people that died in their country with no one held accountable after all this time.

The Nigerian act creates an atmosphere that leads to more divisions between the two countries.

What about the thousands of the Nigerians that live within the borders of this country?

Again, I will use Nkrumah’s quote to plead with the Heads of the Afrikan States to consider an urgent meeting that will foster a more united Afrika that will rise above the differences and create comfortable conditions for all in Afrika.

“Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good of the world.”- Kwame Nkrumah

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