A presidential appointee says Nigerian men are disliked by South African males because the latter believe they are after their women. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the special assistant to the president on foreign affairs and diaspora, put down the latest xenophobic attack on foreign nationals, including Nigerians, in South Africa to rhetoric by local politicians trying to win election in that country.
“This particular one, let’s look at the circumstances. Fine, there are economic issues everywhere in the world. Politicians are campaigning and telling their people, ‘you know what, drive these criminals away, they are taking your jobs, and they are taking your women too”, she said.
Dabiri-Erewa, a former television presenter, spoke on The Osasu Show, according to TheCable.
“There are people who commit crime in South Africa, such people are in any country. If South Africa is fighting crime; let it fight crime, not fight brothers and sisters, who are legitimately working in South Africa,
“Don’t forget that these attacks happened in the past. This is the seventh attack. The last one was in 2015… the king of Zulu made some remarks that were inciting, that led to the last attack.”
Moreover, Dabiri-Erewa advises South African companies operating in Nigeria without let to educate their nationals back home about the evil of xenophobia.
“Imagine MTN sending text messages to everyone in South Africa, saying Xenophobia is bad, don’t do this and that.
“They should embark on some corporate social responsibility. Those multinationals should get up and do something. DStv should be doing various jingles on why xenophobia is bad, they should take over the awareness campaign.”