A Nigerian who has lived in South Africa for over 20 years spoke on phone over the xenophobic attacks and the true state of things.
Nigerians have been subjected to a lot of trauma in recent times. First, it was the economic recession that has made many people depressed. This was followed by xenophobia.
Xenophobic attacks in South Africa has become a national concern in Nigeria.
While Nigerians are working hard to come out of that phase, xenophobia became a word they had to hear every time. It is confounding that Nigerians in South Africa have to face this kind of tragedy even though they are Africans like their persecutors.
Xenophobia has become the second popular word for Nigerians after recession. It is horrifying for one to think that Nigerians who have hone in search of greener pastures are now being hunted and attacked in inhuman ways.
Nigerians at home are living in apprehension without knowing the extent of the torture their loved ones are being made to bear.
DATUNETV.COM got in touch with a Nigerian who has stayed in South Africa for many years in a bid to know the real situation of things. The conversation shed light on the issue and it is hoped that Nigerians will have a better clue on the things going on.
The conversation which lasted for more than thirty minutes brought our attention to many issues; the fact that it was given by someone who has lived the most part of his life in the country made it more reliable.
The instances that will be sighted along with the provided reasons will perhaps give you more reasons to agree and know the true state of things.
Find some of the discussed points below:
1. The media has blown things out of proportion
The impression most people have about the xenophobic attacks is that Nigerians are being killed and wounded at every corner.
Our contact in South Africa made us understand that although things are happening in the country, many Nigerians are still going actively about their businesses.
He said the facts are being exaggerated out of proportion; it would be nice if the media reported things the way they are without necessarily spicing the events up to make a juicy read.
2. The South Africans attacking Nigerians are illiterate
Our correspondent at DATUNETV.COM was made to understand that the xenophobic attacks are being carried out by the illiterates in the society.
Thugs are using the opportunity to churn out their evil acts and hide under this ugly event. Our contact likened the situation at hand to that which is happening in his home country, Nigeria.
The Boko Haram terrorists terrifying Nigerians in the northern part of the country are being brainwashed the same way the xenophobic attackers are under some delusional spell.
If not, what would make a reasonable person concede to blowing up himself and killing hundreds of people with him? The Nigerians being attacked in the xenophobic attacks might have walked into an environment oblivious of the impertinent danger lurking at the corners.
3. Xenophobic attacks are not everywhere
The image painted by the media on xenophobic attacks is gory. Nigerians at home think their loved ones are at risk of being killed at every corner. We were made to understand that although the danger is real, some areas are considered to be high-risk areas.
Pretoria was specifically mentioned to be a danger zone as there are lots of things going down at the city.
Nigerians are advised to steer clear of the area and places that have recorded violence based on these attacks. The northern part of the country was also said to be unsafe for the time being.