Diversity is an aspect of human existence that cannot be eradicated by terrorism, war or self-consuming hatred. It can only be conquered by recognizing and claiming the wealth of values it represents for all.
Today is nearly four decades Nigerian government expatriated two million uncorroborated immigrants, and nearly half of whom were Ghanaian. They simply did it because the oil market was booming, but in 1983 when the “Ghana Must Go” revolution begun, the economy had weakened drastically. The debarment cohered with a period of economic rigor in Ghana, both of which exacerbated the plight of returnees. That was the genesis of the bag in Nigeria famously known as “Ghana Must Go” which is still used.
Similarly, in 1969 Ghana’s government expelled nearly 190,000 foreigners and vast majority of whom were Nigerians. Their main reason for doing so is because of indigenization clamours by Ghanaians’ that came to the fore towards the end of 1969 when the migrants became the first scapegoats for the economic misfortune of large scale unemployment that befallen Ghana. Ghana hailed the expulsion order which they regarded as a patriotic move to garner jobs for Ghanaians’ and rid the country of crimes. This is cognizant repudiate of xenophobic nationalist tantrum in many parts of the world.
From this point, I realized four implication of this history of what recently happened in South Africa. Viz:
- The Nigerian and Ghanaian episodes were one time vexatious events. They were not iterated surfeit of battle, and vilifying that has been going in South Africa.
- It means that Nigerians are not historically impeccant of the virus that now lacerate South Africa. We know about being both the scapegoat of Afrophobia rapture libertine of it.
- Nigerians and Ghanaians are not bigot for profoundly castigating and affirming what South Africans are doing.
- The African countries really defined themselves as a third world country
It is not holier-than-thou that drives our enormity. It is the simulated pain of perennial victimhood. It is also historical acquaintanceship with the rancorous of Afrophobia.
Why we don’t have Europhobia, Asiaphobia, Austriaphobia, but we have Afrophobia in Africa?
Abbas Harun is a political and international analyst, he is also an Animals, and Environmental activist, Cryptocurrency expert from Zaria City, Kaduna state.