Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo

By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta

Former President Olusegun Obsanjo on Wednesday condemned the current Xenophobic attacks on foreigners, especially Nigerians in South Africa, accusing the South African government of “insincerity” to stop the attacks.

According to the former President, the ongoing attacks on foreigners in South Africa “betrays the struggle for the emancipation of the country (Nigeria) against apartheid regime.”

Obasanjo spoke when a delegation of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos paid him a courtesy visit at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The delegation was led by the Institute’s Chairman, Major General Laurence Onoja (Rtd).

The former President therefore charged African leaders to ensure good governance for the overall development of the continent for its teeming population.

Obasanjo said, “Youths can be immature, they may not understand what Africa stands for, what our continental  organizations stand for, but if the youths do not understand  what happened to the elders, what happened to the leadership?”

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

”Having said that, it is also the responsibility of  of everyone of us  in our different countries to  prepare our countries  so that these youths  that think  that there is an Eldorado somewhere outside their countries will be made to know that there is no  green pasture  anywhere,the green pasture is here in your country. I feel disheartened  to know that many of our youths perished while crossing the sahara desert or Mediterranean,” the former President said.

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