‘We should not forget what Obasanjo, Nigeria did for us’ – IFP founder, Buthelezi
The founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party in South Africa, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, has told his people never to forget what Nigeria and former President Olusegun Obasanjo did for them during their fight for independence.
Buthelezi who is also the traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu nation, was addressing some protesting South Africans who have been clamouring that Nigerians and other foreigners living in their country should leave immediately.
Buthelezi, while condemning the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans living in their country, said Nigeria and other African countries fought for their liberation and as such, they should not be targeted and attacked.
According to SowetanLive who shared the transcript of Buthelezi speech, highlighted the role Nigeria played in ensuring that the country gained independence.
He also praised Obasanjo’s role and asked if the xenophobic attacks were the best way to pay back the ‘huge risks African countries like Lesotho, Swaziland, Nigeria, Zambia and Tanzania took on our behalf?’
“We dare not forget or disregard all that was done for us by African leaders like His Excellency, President Olusegun Obasanjo. As a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group, General Obasanjo revealed to the world the real conditions of our people under apartheid. He supported us in our stand against the regime’s plan to deprive us of our citizenship.
In fact, on the very day that Transkei took so-called independence, President Obasanjo arranged for me and my wife to be in Nigeria so that I could avoid attending Transkei’s independence ceremony.
General Obasanjo invited me to Nigeria again this year, where I delivered a lecture in celebration of his 82nd birthday. This is one of the giants of Africa. What are we doing to his people?”
During Buthelezi’s speech in Johannesburg, the mob walked out on him while chanting, ‘foreigners must go back to where they came from,’ with the resulting violence leading to the death of one person.