Xenophobia: Obasanjo blames South African leadership

Xenophobia: Obasanjo blames South African leadership

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Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has spoken out on the Xenophobic attacks on other Africans, especially Nigerians living in South Africa, condemning the attacks and blaming it on the leadership of the country.

Condemning the attacks on Wednesday in Abeokuta when he received the leadership of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Obasanjo blamed the development on the `laxity and insincerity’ of the South African government.

He said: “I will apportion more blame to the leadership of the South African government.

“While the immaturity of the youths can be excused, the leaders ought to realise the importance of unity and brotherliness in Africa.

“While I blame the youths of the country for the attacks, I will blame the leaders of any country more that allows xenophobic attacks against fellow Africans for whatever reason.

The outspoken ex-president called on African leaders to improve the standard of living of their citizens as this will stop the migration of youths to other countries in search of greener pastures.

He said, “African leaders should also step up measures at developing their countries and improve the living standards of their citizens.

“This will discourage our youths who because of under development and poor living standard seek greener pastures outside their countries.

“I feel disheartened learning that many of our youths perish while crossing the Sahara Desert or the Mediterranean Sea.’’

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