One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist; this axiom was what immediately comes to mind, when news of Boko Haram’s threat to the South African government to immediately call their people to order in twenty four hours or face their wrath made the headlines.
According to them, if the South African government does not contain the situation, they will execute all South Africans living in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and other surrounding countries, even the South African Embassies in these African countries.
Boko Haram is seeking legitimacy through the senseless and unwarranted xenophobic attack on fellow Africans by their South African counterparts.
All well-meaning Africans, have all in no uncertain term condemned the behavior of the South Africans, who blame their lack of economic opportunities on other Africans, who are living and working in their country. It is a fact that not every South African endorses this behavior, we call on the government of Jacob Zuma, to go beyond the rhetoric’s and assure other citizens in his country that he is ready to crack the whip.
We do not think Boko Haram, who are by themselves monsters are the solution to what is happening in South Africa, but why blame them, when Africa leaders are treating the issue with disdain and lack of interest.
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All we have read from African leaders, is the issue statements condemning the attack and calling on Jacob Zuma to do more to ensure the safety of other citizens.
Are some citizens better than Africans, such that the whole world came to a standstill just to remember them?
Boko Haram, seem to be the only people, who have given the strongest indication yet to call the South Africans to order, except their intentions are not pure, as they are themselves wanted for abducting 200 girls for more than one year ago.
African leaders must show a little concern to the welfare, survival, safety and security of their citizens, after all, we do not ask too much of them.