IT IS FRANCE: RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP CHAMPION.

IT IS FRANCE: RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP CHAMPION.

ICHEOKU says they did it, deservedly and rightly earned; the boys from Paris. ICHEOKU says congratulations.

KAVANAUGH IS THE ONE: CONGRATULATIONS

KAVANAUGH IS THE ONE: CONGRATULATIONS.

ICHEOKU says he is coming with a clear-eyed view of what the United States of America constitution provides and will not legislate from the bench. ICHEOKU says definitely the right pick, so CONFIRM him now and right away and without any delay or much ado. Congratulation.

DEEP STATE IS REAL.


Lisa Page: “Trump is not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”


Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”


ICHEOKU says if this is not corruption of the worst type, what else so qualifies? So sad the length these guys went to truncate the will of the American people; yet they will turn around and accuse other countries of corruption and you wonder is it only when money exchanges hands that there is corruption. Pitifully SAD.

OBSTRUCTION 101: THE VERDICT.

“The only obstruction President Trump committed was in obstructing Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton from the White House.” - Jesse Watters, Watters World.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE PROMISE KEEPER

“The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.” - President Donald John Trump.

ICHEOKU says exactly why he is now fondly nicknamed the Promise Keeper and he keeps his promises, one promise at a time.

NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL IS UNACCEPTABLE.

America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. And we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth." - President Donald John Trump.


AG JEFF SESSIONS: WHAT DO THEY HAVE ON HIM?

ICHEOKU says what does the Deep State have on AG Jeff Sessions that has purchased his quiet and inaction over the excesses of the Russian Collusion witch hunt? Something definitely does not look right and apparently seems awry that the Attorney General appears so constricted to do anything to bring the never ending "investigation" to a conclusion. How much longer will the American people wait to have the matter concluded and what will it take. As a member of Team MAGA, from the basket of deplorables, who defended him when the president was threatening to fire him, ICHEOKU is not particularly satisfied with the "playing it safe" attitude which Jeff has adopted thus far and urge him to find any possible way to make the investigators finish their job immediately and without any further delay.


TONY ELUMELU: LETS MAKE HIM PRESIDENT.

ICHEOKU says he has all it takes to turn Nigeria around and Make Nigeria Great Again. He is highly cerebral; he is well traveled and is highly exposed internationally; he is a doer with a can-do spirit and attitude which translates to impossible is nothing as it does not exists in his dictionary; he is fully accomplished person who turned around the nearly moribund behemoth UBA and created thousands of jobs both in Nigeria and overseas; and above all, he is youthful and has age on his side and you ask yourself, what else is anyone looking for in a leader for Nigeria that is on bended knees and begging for leadership other than a man with his proven record. If he can do this in the private sector, he can also mission accomplish such in the public sector and resuscitate a Nigeria that is in distress. CHEOKU is emphatic that Tony Elumelu is a highly qualified, fit and proper person to lead Nigeria out of its present woods of near comatose and under performing achievements. Lets go to work Nigerians and make his candidature both viable and achievable. We can do this fellas; so lets urge Tony to run, run Tony run and together lets Make Nigeria Great Again. If Trump can do it, so can Tony.


SYRIA WARNED TO DESIST OR BE BOMBED AGAIN.

"If the Syria regime uses this poisonous gas again on its people, it will be bombed again. The United States of America is locked and loaded. When our president draws a redline, our president enforces the redline." - Nikki Haley, United States of America Ambassador to the United Nations.


VLADIMIR PUTIN: WHENEVER HE IS READY!

VLADIMIR PUTIN: WHENEVER HE IS READY!

ICHEOKU says Russia's Vladimir Putin has one good opportunity to finally move back into the comity of civilized nations and stop his despotic mentality which always sees him flocking amidst his fellow dictators. But if he choses to remain in the cold and remain in Kremlin where he has been holed in since 1999, too bad. His too long stay in power is only damaging Russia but not helping it; and gradually turning Russia into a third world country where only one man dictates what goes on in the country. Putin, change your ways; let true democracy reign in Russia. Salute

JOHN BOLTON: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.

JOHN BOLTON: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.

ICHEOKU says you cannot get a more American American and he is a hardcore America First nationalist as they come. President Donald John Trump's pick to succeeded fired National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the real deal. He is a hard-nosed American First protagonist, who does not shy away from projecting America's power through strength and who is not afraid to have America go it alone if need be. ICHEOKU says hopefully the president has found the very person who will help him achieve and implement his policy objectives in John Bolton. But as far as MAGA and AF agendas are concerned, Ambassador John Bolton is one heck of a good pick and a right fit for the job. He will help President Donald John Trump with doing his job for the American people. ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Mustachioed One. Let the governance of MAGA now really begin.


A FACEBOOK CENSORED WORLD: LIMITING FREE SPEECH

A FACEBOOK CENSORED WORLD: LIMITING FREE SPEECH

ICHEOKU says they pretend to be guardians of free speech but wants to tele-guide other peoples thinking by limiting what they can freely say; especially if you are a conservative and holds opinions which are favorable of President Donald John Trump and critical of Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, they will not succeed but can only force people to opt out of the live wasting exercise of gluing one's eyeballs to the platform. An exercise which does not add anything of value to users, nor pays them anything for helping them bring more eyeballs to the portal. Instead of being grateful that people are helping them bilk advertisers of billions of dollars with their riveted eyeballs, they now want to micromanage everyone's thought as if they are doing one a favor by letting them waste their time using Facebook. ICHEOKU says will not be cowered nor intimidated; they can block ICHEOKU all the heck they want but ICHEOKU will not bow to Facebook's attempt to control ICHEOKU's thoughts and would rather permanently part ways with the Mark Zuckerberg globalist weapon of mass control than kowtow to a group thinking. To hell with this attempt to exact undue control and turn everyone into a herd mind.


THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION: DEALT A FATAL BLOW.


"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is also no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election." - Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America.

ICHEOKU says this determination, for every intent and purpose, now lays to rest the "Collusion with the Russians" hogwash; as nobody can be guilty of an offense which requires awareness to ground when he or she is not aware of it. Collusion is a conspiracy and requires a proactive participation coupled with a guilty knowledge to bring about the purpose of the conspiracy. Therefore, when will the Special Counsel address the nation and tell Americans that there is no there, there, in the Russian Collusion investigation and save America further bleeding both in resources, time and unity. Enough of the sore loser antics of the Democratic Party which does not know how to take a loss and learn to work to fix what went wrong, instead of continuously pointing a finger at a mirage that is the Russian Collusion, in its bid to find something to blame for its ineptitude that led to the epochal loss of November 8th, 2016.

FBI MEMO SCANDAL: OBAMA WAS IN THE LOOP


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.


ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?


AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!

IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!
ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.

ICHEOKU'S MAN OF THE YEAR 2017: PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP

ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT
ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.

AMERICA STRONG!

"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."


RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE FOUND!

RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE EMERGES!

ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman she is, who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY HILLARY CLINTON

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY CLINTON

ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.


ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.


GLAD TO BE CARRIED TO FULL TERM.

GRATEFUL TO BE CARRIED FULL TERM

ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.

JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.
ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.

IPOB: NOT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - USA


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.

North Korea PUT ON NOTICE

NORTH KOREA  PUT ON NOTICE: DON'T PUSH ME.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY
ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.

PDJT ISSUES A VERDICT ON ISLAMIST TERRORISTS


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


BBOB: BRING BACK OUR BIAFRA

ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.
#BringBackOurBiafra.





"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE - STEVE JOBS

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ

EVIL CANNOT BE TRULY DESTROYED.

"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


ONLY THE POOR WISH THEY HAD STUFF?

“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

SOUTH AFRICANS, BARBARIANS?


The ongoing extermination of fellow African people who are not South Africans natives but who are living in South Africa by South Africans is both deplorable and callous. This is because there would have been no South Africa for these disgruntled and misguided barbarians to lay claim to as theirs were it not for the concerted efforts of every African and their respective governments who fought apartheid off. These Africans paid taxes to their government who in turn supported anti-apartheid movements with such money which culminated to Nelson Mandela being freed from Robin Island prison penultimate his presidency which heralded full freedom for South Africa. Now these urchins are claiming that South Africa is their exclusive preserve and that non natives black Africans are thus not welcomed there; leading to the wanton disregard for human lives currently pervading South Africa. This is condemnable and should be so condemned by all men of good faith and decency. Icheoku heretofore condemn and unequivocally, the genocide currently going on in South Africa! Who the heck are these South Africans that they should be committing genocide of unprecedented magnitude against fellow Africans upon whose back they got their freedom? This is the same South Africa that the doyen of talk show, Oprah Winfrey invested a whooping $40million dollars establishing a girls academy there yet Oprah is not a South African and would have been so killed were she a plebeian subsisting in South Africa. Where is Nelson Mandela amidst all these pogrom? Where is the father of Africa when some of his children are being killed off and forced to flee for their lives from South Africa which they jointly freed from apartheid? Where is the outrage of Desmond Tutu, the peace-maker? Where is African Union? What is Thabo Mbeki's government doing to checkmate these arrant nonsense and unwarranted mayhem? This blogger remembers very vividly the involvement of then General Olusegun Obasanjo led Nigerian government with the struggle against apartheid both in manpower training and development as well as equipping the freedom fighters with their canteen and sometimes paying their staffers. This blogger equally remembers the sacrifices of people of then Rhodesia now Zimbabwe many of whom spilled their blood waging urban guerrilla warfare with both Botha and Ian Smith led oppressive governments. Now that Africans should be putting their heads together to explore the chances of reintegration from the colonial balkanization, just like the Europeans are doing through the European Union and other regional blocs are exploring through various regional cooperation, Africans are rather busy killing one another; South African are currently carrying out this genocide against fellow brother Africans because, according to them, they are not one of their own. When will Africa become a grown up? How can a blackman call a fellow blackman a stranger in motherland Africa? When will Africa begin to value precious blood of life in human beings by respecting the sanctity of life? Do Africans really treasure being called barbarians because of their love and penchant for shedding blood? Today it is South Africa, last time it was Rwanda, the other day Kenya, then Liberia, then Ivory Coast, then Sierra Leone, same with Uganda, also the intractable Congo, likewise the failed state of Somalia, then the Darfurians of Sudan and Chad just to mention a few of the hotbeds of Africa, where the West is making bountiful profit through arms sales with which they keep their population forcibly in check. Why would Africa be the biggest market for firearms and munition when it cannot feed her populace? Something is not right with this picture and a call for a speedy solution is the clarion cry of Icheoku. Africans must learn to be their brother's keeper and should see every blackman as a brother to be assimilated rather than exterminated. The world is laughing at the sordid affairs in Africa and has since declared Africa the cursed part of the body world. Africa is the cry baby of the world and Africa is the last outback of a developed and developing world. Hunger is worst in Africa! Disease is worst in Africa! Natural and man-made disasters are pandemic in Africa! Education is least developed in Africa! Nothing scientifically or otherwise has been bequeathed to the world by Africa! Wars are highest in Africa! Killing of one another is highest in Africa! Genocide is highest in Africa! Poverty is highest in Africa! Sit tight governments are most prevalent in Africa with the Mubarak of Egypt, Qaddafi of Lybia, Mugabe of Zimbabwe readily coming to mind. What use then is Africa one may ask? Africa cannot get her acts together and these wanton shedding of African blood by fellow Africans can only exacerbate an already bad situation, hence must be stopped and NOW! For desecrating Africa by shedding the blood of fellow Africans, the people of South Africa are hereby declared by Icheoku as the ungrateful ingrates of the African continent! They are despicable! Their acts are abominable! They are the present day barbarians of Africa! They are the decrepitude of African humanity and stands condemned by Icheoku for being the biblical Esau of Africa by killing their brother Abel fellow Africans! Such dying cries of butchered Africans go straight to God who has thus decreed South Africans a cursed people of Africa! South Africa will continue to wear this toga until they repent of their sins and ask for forgiveness of all Africans. Woe to you South Africans for killing fellow Africans on such a flimsy excuse as being non indigenous! Instead of becoming a melting pot UNITED STATES of AFRICA just like America, South Africa has today become the killing field of Africa where fellow Africans are butchered for no real reason at all. As of today, 56 Africans of non South African origin living in South Africa has been killed with 650 of them seriously injured by these hyena-South Africans! When will enough be really enough South Africa? Your act is both deplorable and criminal. Shame on you, South Africans!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Ebekuo that what happened in SA was very shameful.However, a greater slice of the shame belongs to President Thabo Mbeki and his ruling party for not providing their people with the bare necessities of life.Clearly, their failure led to this carnage.

Anonymous said...

10 Nigerians Nabbed for Killing S’African

Ten Nigerians were arrested in Philippi, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, weekend for allegedly stabbing a man repeatedly in what appears to have been a revenge attack after a raid on a house.
This development is coming at the time of a state visit to South Africa by President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua today.
The Independent Online quoted a police source as saying the attack took place after a group of men tried to break down the door to a house where three Nigerian men and a woman were staying.
"They were demanding that the Nigerians leave the area," the police source said.
The Nigerians, fearing for their lives, phoned their friends and as the locals left more Nigerians arrived.
They chased and caught one of the local men and stabbed him several times. He died on the scene and 10 of the Nigerians were arrested. They are expected to appear in court this week.
Yar' Adua's visit comes amid attempts by Nigeria to seek compensation for victims of anti-immigrant violence.
"The president will leave Abuja on Monday (today) and return on Thursday, for a visit aimed at forging closer ties between Africa's most populous country and its biggest economy,” presidential spokesman Olusegun Adeniyi told AFP.
The visit has been overshadowed by widespread xenophobic attacks that have targeted Nigerians among other foreigners living in South Africa.
Yar'Adua has said dialogue, and not retaliation, is the way to resolve the anti-foreigner sentiment that has affected scores of Nigerian residents living in Johannesburg.
Although no Nigerian has been reported among the 62 killed in the violence, many of them have lost their property or had their shops looted.
Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe said last week that a list of those affected had been compiled with a view to pursuing compensation claims with the South African government.
Yar'Adua begins his official programme tomorrow with a welcome ceremony by his South Africa counterpart Thabo Mbeki. The two leaders are expected to sign bilateral agreements before an official banquet.
On Wednesday, Yar'Adua and Mbeki will participate in a Nigeria business forum, whereafter the Nigerian leader will address the World Economic Forum on Africa being held in Cape Town.
Having just marked his first year as president of Africa's most populous country, Yar'Adua said in a live television interview that problems such as xenophobia needed to be resolved "through dialogue".
"I am going to South Africa next week on a state visit. Nigeria is playing a very critical and important role on the African continent ... so the issue of retaliation does not arise," he said.
More than 60 people have been killed and tens of thousands of foreigners left homeless, mainly around Johannesburg, following two weeks of attacks which later spread to most parts of South Africa.
Many South African firms and investors are operating in Nigeria, Africa's biggest market with 140 million people.
Prominent among them is MTN, a digital mobile firm with over 30 million subscribers.
Last week, South African deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was in Nigeria to attend a three-day meeting of the Nigeria/South Africa bi-national commission.
The commission was set up to foster stronger economic ties between the two African giants.

Anonymous said...

Mbeki Apologises To Nigeria

President Thabo Mbeki yesterday apologised to affected Nigerians over the xenophobic violence that wracked South Africa recently, leading to the death of 62 persons.

He made the apology at a news conference shortly after a closed door bilateral discussion with President Umaru Yar’Adua at the Parliamentary complex in Cape Town.

"We have apologised to President Yar’Adua with regard to these attacks that have taken place in some parts of our country," Mbeki said, adding, "Attacks against other Africans in particular and we have assured him that as government, we are very much opposed to all of this. We are opposed to any manifestation of xenophobia that may arise and that we are quite determined to make sure that we protect the security of everybody."

He added that his government was against segregation of foreign nationals, adding that the process of reintegration of displaced people was being done as quickly as possible.

"The segregation, including residence in exclusive camps, is indeed unfortunate. Many of our communities are indeed indicating that people with whom they have lived for a long time should come back for that process of reintegration," he said.

Responding, Yar’Adua expressed sympathy with the South African government and the victims of xenophobia.

He added that it was heart-warming that "the government and the President made determined and committed efforts to control and put a stop to the situation."

The Southern Africa correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mbeki had during a recent live broadcast described the violence that claimed 62 lives as "shameful."

More than 70,000 people have been displaced while about 500 suspects arrested have been arraigned in courts for alleged charges of murder, attempted murder, violence and looting. Similarly, President Yar’Adua has said Africa must seek to transform from its regional economic communities to a continental economic union or face marginalisation by globalisation.
He stated this yesterday in Cape Town, while addressing a joint session of the South African parliament. "The realities of today’s fast globalising, knowledge and technology-driven world make it incumbent on us all as leaders to work towards greater political and socio-economic integration within Africa," he said. He said Nigeria had steadfastly supported this vision on the basis of a gradual approach in the light of the social, economic, and political inequalities within states of the AU. He said that there was a critical need for the strengthening and consolidation of internal governance and growth structures to achieve integration. He said Africa was facing daunting economic and socio-political challenges, which could only be overcome by accepting democracy, good governance, accountability, due process, equity, justice, and focused pro-people leadership. "Mother Africa demands of us renewed commitment to the regeneration of our continent. Our two nations have a historic obligation to once again deploy our resources all as the Frontline States in the quest for a new, stable, secure, and prosperous Africa. "My dear brothers, my dear sisters, possessed of a clear vision of a resurgent dawn for our continent, let us resolve this day...to rededicate ourselves and hold aloft the banner of hope for Africa’s posterity," the President said. He recalled the immense contribution made by Nigeria in the liberation of South Africa from apartheid, saying the relationship should be used to promote economic and social development of Africa. "Our two nations have the historical and moral responsibility to be at the forefront of confronting our continent’s endemic developmental challenges. These are critical times for Africa and they call for single-minded, courageous, people-focused and results-oriented leadership. "I dare aver that this is not a matter of choice. It is an abiding duty which Nigeria and South Africa owe Mother Africa," he said. He said what was required for Africa’s regeneration and transformation were a degree of structural, institutional cohesion and stability within Africa’s respective national borders. Yar’Adua added that no meaningful progress could be achieved with weak economic and political structures and institutions. "This situation ordinarily should make for greater cohesiveness, evident unity of purpose, and stability. It is therefore incumbent on the political leaderships in both countries to subordinate primordial loyalties and narrow interests to the collective national interest. "We must manage our respective transitional processes with utmost good faith and consummate courage. "We can only practically face up to our economic and socio-political development challenges through the adoption and engendering of a new political culture that is conducive to long-term growth and development," he said. Yar’Adua also praised the heroic role played by the past South African leaders "who willingly sacrificed all and made their bodies bridges to the promise that is today’s proud and prosperous nation." He also praised President Mbeki’s role for carrying "steadfastly and courageously" the torch of democratic consolidation alongside economic prosperity of South Africa."He deserves our commendation for his efforts at peace-making and conflict-resolution, not only within the Southern African region, but beyond,"' he said. Yar’Adua welcomed Mbeki’s unambiguous condemnation of the recent unfortunate developments in parts of South Africa. "These incidents, which had the potential of undermining our collective resolve to build enduring foundations for African integration, have fortunately been effectively checked by the South African authorities," Yar’Adua said. He also expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the two countries under their Bi-National Commission and hoped that the commission would continue to drive "our shared vision for our peoples".

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XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS IN SOUTH AFRICA


LAST month’s xenophobic attacks on foreigners in parts of South Africa drew worldwide outrage. More than 60 people were reportedly killed and several thousands had to seek shelter at police stations, community halls, army barracks and other places because of the needless and senseless violent attacks. The rampaging horde – bearing axes, machetes, all sort of guns and other dangerous weapons – also injured many others while items worth several millions of South African Rand were looted from shops in the economic hub of Johannesburg, which later spread to the coastline city of Durban.
There were also reports of similar incidents in the East Rand in Gululethu and Ramaphosa settlements where shacks were set ablaze, while in Umbila – Durban’s impoverished suburb – a tavern believed to be owned by Nigerians was attacked by the mob that had ordered foreigners to leave Kwa-Zulu Natal, the country’s most populous province. The locals accused the foreigners, who migrated to South Africa in search of jobs and better life, of committing crimes and depriving them of employment opportunities.
The reason alleged by the locals for the looting, maiming and killing of fellow Africans is despicable, repugnant and nauseating, to say the least. In this age and time, it is outlandish and unthinkable that South Africans would exhibit and mete out such primitive cruelty and anarchy to fellow Africans who collectively fought the apartheid system and won self-determination for the country. Indeed, the May xenophobic butchery was a semblance of the 1976 Soweto massacre by the apartheid regime. Certainly, the action of the locals was pointless, unprovoked and condemnable in no uncertain terms. It has painted the country’s image abroad in bad light. And this is contrary to the ideals, spirit and intentions of the formation of the African Union, where Africans see one another as brothers and sisters and are free to live and work in any African country of their choice in peace.
Again, media reports of the unwarranted and relentless persecution, intimidation and rough treatment of Nigerians by the South African police, without any provocation, are bothersome, agonizing and unfortunate. Some of the attacks were reportedly fatal. The most recent attacks involved the shooting of five Nigerians by the South African police. While we do not condone violent behavior and criminality by some uncouth foreigners in foreign lands, we dare say our citizens must be treated with some dignity. And if any of them is found wanting, they should be brought to justice, rather than applying the law of the jungle in the name of fighting crime.
The May attacks of foreigners, however, were condemned by prominent South Africans such as Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and the incumbent President Thabo Mbeki who has apologized on behalf of the government and people of South Africa for the needless attacks. The government has been doing everything possible to relocate the fleeing refugees and the injured are being treated in government hospitals across the country. This move is praiseworthy, but the authorities must not stop there. Those who lost their lives and property must be compensated, just as the perpetrators of the odious act must be tracked down and brought to justice – if future attacks must be averted – to serve as deterrent to future criminals.
Finally, we call on the Federal Government to take stock of all the Nigerian victims in the South African hostility with a view to ascertaining the extent of the damage meted out to its citizens. The government should also pursue with great force its foreign policy on the protection of all Nigerians across the globe.