Xenophobia: South Africans have forgotten how we fought for them

Xenophobia: South Africans have forgotten how we fought for them

- The xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa have been condemned by a Nigerian cleric

- The assistant general overseer of the Christ Arrival International Church, Gethsemane Parish, Pastor Peter Olaniyan, describes the attacks as barbaric and uncalled for

- Pastor Olaniyan says there is no justification for the attacks against Nigerians by South Africans

- The cleric says the people of South Africa have forgotten what Nigeria did for the country during apartheid, adding that Nigerians fought for them and gave them scholarships

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Pastor Peter Olaniyan, has condemned the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the cleric described the attack on Nigerians by South Africans as barbaric and uncalled for.

Briefly.co.za gathers that Pastor Olaniyan expressed his displeasure over the development during the church's television platform.

According to the cleric, it is unfortunate that the citizens and governments of South Africa have forgotten the efforts and supports of Nigeria against apartheid.

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He said: “It is disheartening that the South Africans can put fingers in our eyes. They have forgotten and they can begin to do that because they have more enabling environment than Nigeria and people are going there.

“As long as our people do not engage in crime, there is no justification for that reaction against Nigeria. We fought for them. I am aware that South Africans were given scholarships during the apartheid.

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"I know of a South African friend during the university days at the University of Ibadan who was on Nigerian government scholarship."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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