By MarkAnthony Nze
South Africa is supposedly, among the most seemingly developed countries in Africa currently, however it is a a huge shame that the country is enmeshed heavily in xenophobia, a shameless act, so despicable for her to be involved in. It is even more disheartening that the country is launching the heinous attacks on African immigrants.
It is quite disappointing that a country like South Africa that other African countries with Nigeria in the fore-front, supported to fight apartheid is now turning around to fight Nigerians, and other African nationals just because they are doing better than the original South Africans.
The foreign nationals are doing better than South Africans due to the simple fact that they worked hard, and nothing more. Why should the foreign nationals be severely dealt with for the laziness, and irresponsibility of South Africans? Nigerians are majorly, the ones receiving this callousness of the highest magnitude, they are being persecuted for their diligence, and dexterity in business which have been bringing forth enormous revenues to South Africa, instead of them to be appreciated for their business ingenuity, South Africans unleash absolutely odious attacks on these Nigerians.
Nigerian owned-shops are being looted daily with the support of the South African police in various cities in South Africa, and as if that were not enough, they maimed and killed many Nigerians in the most gruesome way. Several automobile shops owned by Nigerians were set ablaze in Johannesburg, and some of the owners barely managed to escape while others who were unlucky were burnt to death with the South African police standing there and watching human lives go up in flames.
It is preposterous that Bongani Michael Mkongi, the South African deputy minister of police could shamelessly, and publicly endorse the execrable attacks on Nigerians, and other African nationals. Irresponsibly, stating a frivolous reason for the attacks claiming that foreign nationals dominated 80% of the major cities in South Africa which invariably means that they own most of the thriving businesses in the country, and employed the few South Africans who are willing to work.
The South African government of President Cyril Ramaphosa who is fueling the xenophobic attacks is yet to come to terms that South African major businesses outside her shores are domiciled in Nigeria. Investments such as South African Airways, South African Breweries(SAB Miller), Stanbic IBTC, MTN Group, and Multichoice derive their main revenues from Nigeria. If such investments are shut down owing to the ill-treatment being meted to Nigerians in their home country, South Africa will most certainly slide into recession.
Quite a lot of South Africans are lazy folks who disdain work, but passionately love the luxuries of life. They feel intimidated by the hard-working Nigerians, who are ready to toil always to earn a good living.
The average South African will rather take to crime for quick money instead of working hard on a legitimate job or business, and that succinctly explains the high-rate of crime in the country. These South Africans get very jealous when Nigerians with virtually nothing come into their country, and within a short time, acquire wealth through hard-work.
The singular fact that Nigerians who came into their country with nothing, now own tremendous investments in their cities make their adrenaline boil, and as these South African men are struggling to deal with this jealousy they harbour against Nigerians in their subconsciousness, the South African ladies run to start romantic relationships with the Nigerian men especially those of the Igbo origin because they are good lovers who cherish, and shower their women with both gifts and love unlike most South African men who have little or no respect for women, they see women as their plaything.
These South African men fail to comprehend the fact that women naturally gravitate to love, and care. No woman can really be with a man who is not ready to shower her with care, and material things. Every woman follows after money, no matter how they profess their undying love for you.
If you as a man is not willing to make both financial, and emotional sacrifices for her in any relationship then she would definitely leave you for another man. Many South African men can not make the sacrifices their Nigerian counterparts regularly make for their ladies.
You can not drink yourself to stupor ever night with the little change you have as many South African men do, without making extra effort to earn a better living, and expect to be rich. Money does not fall from the sky, it is due diligence that brings forth money, and Nigerians are very much aware of that principle.
If you desire a life of luxury, you work hard for it, as many Nigerians are doing. Being jealous of those who are sweating it out to earn good money, will never give you fulfillment. Jealous is like a malignant cancer that destroys the human soul, it renders the human mind worthless, incapable of creating anything that will better their lives. It is very sad that South Africans have carefully chosen to toe this path of self annihilation, that will not only obliterate them but the entirety of the promising country of South Africa.
The malicious attacks by South Africans might crumble Nigerian-owned businesses, compel them to flee the country but that will not take away the salient facts that many South Africans have chosen to be lazy, and lack both physical and mental strength to run those businesses if they eventually inherit them.
At most they might enjoy the proceeds from those businesses will be for one or two years but when the technical expertise, and physical strength required to boost productivity and efficiency are no longer available then the investments will crash. Perhaps, at this point they might result to selling themselves into slavery.
It is not enough to attack, maim, and kill Nigerians working hard in your country so that you can confiscate their businesses but you should be able to remember that you lack the strength to do what they are doing. It will be better for you to learn from them, know exactly what makes them succeed, and replicate what they have done so far.
Part of the reasons why South Africans have the temerity to be brashly attacking Nigerians mainly is because they realised that Nigeria has a failed government. No sane government anywhere in the world takes it with levity as Nigeria is unabashedly doing when her citizens in foreign countries are horrendously murdered without taking a drastic action to stop further attacks.
The current nepotistic government of Nigeria will rather encourage the onslaught because nearly all the Nigerians facing the dastardly acts from South Africans are Igbos or Biafrans generally, who the Hausa-Fulani led government of Nigeria calls “People of 5%,” and hate passionately.
This should be clarion call to those Igbos or Biafrans who still believe in the failed British contraption called Nigeria to begin to support the Biafra’s agitation for freedom. You can not continue to have faith in the government of Nigeria that is not interested in your protection, and does not care about you as her citizen. It is time to declare your unalloyed support for Biafra, the sovereignty of Biafra will give you a huge sense of belonging as her bonafide citizen, and the protection thereof.
The Igbos particularly, and Nigerians generally in South Africa have two options which basically are; either to regroup to defend themselves to any length or settle for the second one, which is to return home quietly.
Nduka-aku, ‘Life is greater than riches,’ as the Igbos would posit. Life is greater than riches of any kind that humans have acquired, and will still acquire while on Earth.
It is only the living that works to acquire wealth, the dead is gone forever, and oblivious of the happenings in the world. It is better to return home alive, and start from the scratch than to be wasted by heartless and jealous crooks in South Africa. This suggestion might seem difficult considering the excess investments many Nigerians have in that country but they ought to realise that they can still do it over again if they did it before provided that they are alive.