Thursday, 23 April 2015

Nigerian civil servants, students donated towards the fight against Apartheid in SA - Prof Akinyemi

Reacting to the current Xenophobic attacks going on in South Africa, former External Affairs Minister, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi said South Africans should be grateful to Nigerians & other Africans who fought for them during apartheid. Speaking with Channels TV yesterday April 22nd, Professor Akinyemi said during the struggle to end apartheid, Nigerian civil servants were compelled to donate some of their salaries into a liberation fund meant for the fight against apartheid.
"I was involved in the anti-apartheid struggle as the Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International affairs (NIIA); I was part of those who came up with liberation fund. We forced civil servants to donate monthly a percentage of their salary monthly and for some reasons, secondary schools caved; university students made a donation. What are they now talking about? Is it because Africans are now taking jobs in South Africa. Do you know how many West Africans have jobs in Nigeria? Do you know how many Nigerians have jobs in West African countries. 
We exchange population all the time and nobody has claims that because of that you are entitled to pick up guns, stones cudgels and go on a murdering spree. distasteful actions by South Africans against fellow Africans especially those who helped them during the apartheid struggle. I think that Nigeria, given the investment of South African in this country, needs to sit the South Africans down and tell them that there could be a cost to this kind of xenophobic behaviour. It is unacceptable, it is intolerable. Our people should be killed over there and we will not reply because 6, 000 people are employed by one of their companies here; I don’t buy into that kind of mentality. If they are going to hurt our people and hurt the interest of our people, then they should be prepared for retaliation. I think Nigerians should let these people know that this thing is a quid pro quo; you treat me well, I treat you well. They really don’t tell South African people how much South Africa owes Africa for that struggle”, he said

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