President John Dramani Mahama
President John Dramani Mahama

Visiting Ghanaian President John Mahama on Tuesday condemned the xenophobic attacks against foreign immigrants in South Africa, saying the act would hinder integration in the continent.

President John Dramani Mahama
President John Dramani Mahama
The Ghanaian leader said this in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city after holding a closed-door meeting with the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the South African government must sit up, show commitment to the plight of people living in their country by taking strong actions and bringing perpetrators of the act to book.
“We are trying to create an integrated continent where our people can move freely amongst our countries,” he added.
“This does not set a very good example for integration, especially for South Africa that has investments all across our countries,” he said.
Mahama expressed worry that the youth carrying out the xenophobic attacks did not know the history of how other African nations fought alongside them to end apartheid.
According to him, the whole of Africa stood behind South Africa to fight against apartheid.
“I remember growing up as secondary school child we were part of the African youth command, we carried out demonstrations, all in the fight against apartheid,” Mahama said.
According to him, Nigeria, even though not a neighbor, was considered a front line state because of the economic contributions that Nigeria did to the African National Congress (ANC) to be able to liberate South Africa from apartheid. Enditem

Sorce: xinhua


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