Obasanjo writes Buthelezi, says attacks will cripple investment in South Africa
by Agency Reporter
September 16, 2019
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday said it was a “fallacy” for South Africa to believe that xenophobia would make more jobs available to its citizens.
Obasanjo, in a letter to the Leader of South-Africa’s Inkatha Freedom Party, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said that such attitude would rather cripple investment in the country.
“As it is being touted that xenophobia will give South Africans more jobs, I dare say, it is fallacy.
“Xenophobia will make investment in South Africa more difficult, which will lead to lack of job creation and loss of existing jobs,” Obasanjo said in condemning the recent xenophobic attack against Nigerians in South-Africa.
Obasanjo noted that Nigerians had played great roles in the liberation of different peoples in different parts of Africa, including fighting against the apartheid regime in South Africa.
He said such kind gestures were not motivated by praises or positions but by sense of duty and obligation as Africans towards fellow Africans.
The former president condemned what he described as “incompetence or collusion” on the part of South African Police for standing aloof watching miscreants and criminals committing crimes against fellow human beings in the country.
“This was experienced in South Africa in recent times and it shows either incompetence or collusion on the part of the police.
“We believe that Africans living in any other part of Africa must be treated as brothers and friends.
“If they commit any crime, they should be treated like citizens of that country will be treated when they commit crime which will mean applying judicial process,” he said.
He advised South African government to send emissaries to the countries concerned to explain, apologise and agree on the way forward for mutual understanding, accommodation, reconciliation to pr