Ex Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has said xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in SA as a result of the common history between the two nations.
In a recent statement he issued in Abuja, he said the attack is the most disturbing occurrence in the turn of the century.
He then urged both nations to look into several diplomatic measures immediately to tackle the situation.
He also begged Nigerians and South Africans to unite.
His words, “Both Nigeria and South Africa share a history of brotherhood and camaraderie at different times in our difficult times and it is very important that we do not allow this ugly development to cause a blot in our shared history.
“While I will recommend that both countries press all available diplomatic buttons as fast as possible, it is equally important to impress on citizens from both sides to see ourselves as brothers and never as adversaries.
“True, the days of apartheid in South Africa and military rule in Nigeria are far behind us, we still both have a common enemy and that is in expanding the space for economic prosperity to a large range of our peoples.
”The new battle is economic in nature and it will be delusional for both Nigeria and South Africa to think that it is a battle we can win in isolation of each other.
”Neither and never can victory in the economic battle come by the way of turning daggers at each other.”
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