Not all Zulus are xenophobic, says Nigeria analyst
Story from: CAJ News Africa
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – USING the recent xenophobic violence against Nigerian nationals in South Africa as an example, a Lagos-based analyst has denounced the stereotyping of Yorubas as bloodthirsty people following the deadly violence southeast of Nigeria.
The sentiments by analyst Olalekan Waheed Adigun comes in the wake of the death of five people following clashes between Yoruba and Hausa indigenes in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
It is the ancestral home of the Yorubas, who have been blamed in some sections for perpetrating the attacks.
“My point has always been that the fact that some criminals among some tribes does not make it a criminal race. A few bad people only give their tribe a bad name,” said Adigun.
He said the fact that those who perpetrated the Ife killings were largely motor park touts, street miscreants and societal outlaws did not mean Yoruba people were xenophobic.
“That some lazy elements among blacks in South Africa violently attack hustling foreigners does not mean all Zulus are like that,” said Adigun.
The majority Zulu tribe in South Africa, has wrongly so, blamed for the violence and being xenophobic.
“One there is one bad apple; we remove the bad one and keep the rest. This is how civilized people think and not the other way round. There are bad elements among all tribes, races and ethnic groups!”
The analyst bemoaned the “criminal” silence of a large section of the media on the Ife killings.
“We are equally worried that conflict entrepreneurs, who made loud noise on traditional and social media during the Kaduna killings, should help condemn the recent carnage in Ife,” said Adigun.
He said the “loud” silence on the killings in the media was “too discomforting.”
“Where then is our humanity?” Adigun quipped.
– CAJ News
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