Miyetti Allah blames Nigerians’ migration to South Africa on insecurity, poor economy
As the face-off between Nigeria and South Africa over xenophobic attacks and attendant reprisal deepens, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has identified insecurity and poor economy as causes of Nigerians’ migration to South Africa.
The South East chairman of the association, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, told The Guardian yesterday that ethnic bigotry and disunity in the country were parts of the causes of migration of Nigerians to the Rainbow Nation.
Siddiki added that poor handling of the economy contributed immensely to South Africa’s takeover of the top spot in Africa’s economic index.He recalled with sadness when Nigerians loathed going to South Africa for business, unlike today when, according to him, Nigerians would not think twice before relocating to the place for business.
Rationalising the struggle for economic, military and political leadership positions in Africa between both countries, Siddiki revealed many people still referred to Nigeria’s economy as developing but that of South Africa as inching towards the big league.He urged Nigeria not to severe diplomatic ties or use aggression to settle scores with South Africa, stressing that violent approach would affect their diplomatic and economic relations.
Siddiki further sued for dialogue and understanding, observing the urgent need for Nigeria to unite different ethnic nationalities and improve the economy to stem migration to foreign countries in search of security and fortune.He stated that Nigeria would progress more than South Africa, if Nigerians love one another, eschew suspicion and co-exist peacefully.The MACBAN leader noted that a secured Nigeria should be important to every Nigerian, as “we don’t have any other place to call home than Nigeria.”
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