Save Our Brothers In South Africa By Adedayo Osho
Let me inform you that at no time in history has Africa been genuinely united even if it claims to be one. Prior to recent questions raised by Pan-Africanists on effectiveness of OAU, a percusor to African Union AU which hitherto failed to justify its existence in curbing intra-Black conflicts and prompt intervention during crisis, an organisation legendary for talking the talk but sluggish to act, one is left with no option than to perceive AU as a discrete institution existing on paper weight. It is pertinent to observe that the ongoing massacre of Blacks by Blacks in South Africa has once again test the integrity of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the AU Commission Chairperson.
If South Africa government feels she is free to maltreat their black brethren because she own the land, it is imperative we remind them that, during Apartheid, 86 of her nationals arrived Nigeria in March 1970 as refugee students and were augustly granted a stay. Consequent upon that, Nigeria alone donated 2.5 million Naira as relief fund to the South Africa government in December 1976. The then Head of State, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo made a personal donation of two thousand Naira while members of his cabinet made a donation of one hundred Naira each. Nigeria’s South Africa Relief Fund rose to 13 million Naira in July 1977.
The lesson learnt from South Africa is that in an attempt to rescue a brother, you may unwittingly arm him, thereby firing same arsenal at you in return. Were Nigeria leaders have not hitherto been covetous, greedy and gluttonous in looting our common wealth, had they have foresight of event to occur in coming days, should they be informed that large scale unemployment will lead to Nigerians seeking greener pastures in even resourceless countries, we would have been on the frontier of arresting the situation and offering policies to resolve the issue. It’s of pitiable height that other African countries whose reliance on us to salvage them from this mess also realise Nigerians are also victims.
Adedayo Osho is a Political Analyst. He writes from Lagos, Nigeria.