After many Nigerians living in South Africa escaped the horror of Xenophobia attack on other African countries at the hands of the South African citizens and eventually returned to Nigeria with little or none of their hard earned properties, a bilateral commission meeting was arranged between President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Getting an awareness of the meeting, previous president Olusegun Obasanjo has apprised Nigerians who were evacuated from South Africa to be ready to go back to South Africa if the meeting yielded a positive outcome.
On this note, many Nigerians has started to question former president Olusegun Obasanjo's point of view, to have advised your country people to return to where they escape from the horror of death.
Many properties were destroyed in South Africa and in retaliation, some South African companies suffered some damages at the hands of some concerned Nigerians. South African-owned businesses in Nigeria such as MTN, PEP store, ShopRite, Multichoice among others, were forced to be on lock up for some days during the Xenophobia attack.
It is of many Nigerians belief that returning to South Africa is a bad idea even if the bilateral commission meeting is of a positive outcome because 'anything can happen at any time'.
Is Olusegun Obasanjo's advise on this the best for Nigerians?
It is a pity knowing fully well that our leaders both present and past are becoming more self centered by the day, from my observation concerning the recent happenings between Nigeria and south Africa, Nigerians need no second thought returning back to south Africa no matter what the outcome of meeting turns out to be.. Where were the so called president when the attack was going on and why was the meeting not conducted then?.
That's a volatile area, it's a ticking time bomb. Their president can't guarantee the safety of innocent people and South Africa citizen have delight killing African brothers and sisters. That's a no no for me.
Yes he is a leader, the qualities of leadership is being shown by all our presidents but its their intentions that are questionable what they have in mind to achieve, is it really for themselves or for the people, yes i admit he is a competent leader but the intentions of our past and present leaders have always confused the people, no more sweet words, actions are required that really makes us understand what they have for us, no more boring speeches we have heard enough already, actions are required.
It saddens me knowing both current and past president doesn't care about her citizens welfare.. going back is like walking into your death after first escape. I think the president should empower them with money, loan or by skills so they can start life over again. I believe where they is life they is hope.
In my humbel and objective opinion,Obasanjo is just trying to bridge the gap of hatred amongs Africans. This man is a seasoned amd wise politician who surely knows the tactics and strategies of community peace and resolution. Let's not take his advice for a terrible one. In my own understanding, he has given a good advice to promote international peace and prosperity among citizens living at the comfort of their homeland and diaspora
We as a nation are deep into several nonchalant political extravaganza that makes any individual to come up with any form of intuitions with reason and with their own speculated solution or solutions.
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo always speaks for himself whenever national issue arises, he never said this is what Nigeria is saying, and no one ought to question him.
Let not always want things to be done in a particular way. Yes, he once hold the top position In the country, but yet he have to speak his mind as an ordinary Nigeria.
I can't say that he is a good leader or not because is former president and I don't know about him or so that is the way I can't say that is bad and I'm here from some people that is bad from people that is good so you don't burn or is not bad he is our former president so it's not bad it's good no one bad and no good everyone bad if you want gold we haul good so is good president
I believe a leader knows the way he lead the way and point out the secret way to achievement I believes he saw something before saying they should go back now thing of this why he emphasized on them going back my little opinion there is that when they stays the government must have to consider them and we know how if Nigeria government talk about consideration corruption must follow when the news will say 10billion but those handling the issue will give out less than 20mills or so so Mr obasanjo is right
Well, its a well constructed suggestion. As we know not all Nigerians in South Africa are evacuated. What if the killings are done in UK or USA, I know not much of a shout will be made.
Many don't have any financial stricture here in Nigeria, but in SA.
It's a suggestion.
I think something is wrong somewhere here, these shows that our leaders and even the former once dont value our lives and safety. instead of talking on how to get them something to do in Nigeria here, he is talking on how we will go back there and be kill again like animals
Well to me he is only trying to point out hope that there will be peaceful resolution looking at our country Nigeria is no going area what will they hoin to do if stay in nigeria.
The former president is one of the key problem this country have,he is fool of himself his advice is nothing to write home about so i beg people who came back from South Africa not to listen to the former president.
He is a leader.. If he was still in power what happened to Nigerian in south Africa would have not happened in the first place,he is a leader who overseas his people because that's one of the responsibility of a leader.
Its there really a need to go back. I mean these people were nearly killed.. How can they go back to death. Anyways, if South Africa guarantee total stop to xenophobia and any Nigerian is willing to go then he is free to go
Any body that have the peace of Nigeria at heart woud not advice his fellow Nigerian to go back to South Africa even if he has been promise Heaven and Earth. Many people lost their family in tha country while very few who were lucky to have their family spared lost property runing into millions of Naira. If anybody shoud advice any Nigerian to return to South Africa under any agreement whatsoever to me is not right. Let Obasnjo and other leaders think of how we can build our own Nigeria to grow to the level that some countries will also feel like coming in here for their investment.
I don’t think he is really right in advising Nigerians to return back to South Africa. Even if a peaceful resolution should arise from the meeting. Anything can happen at anytime, a place where we aren’t wanted can no longer be safe for Nigerians because even if the matter should be resolved, there is every possibility such xenophobic issues will arise later in the future.
Obasanjo his still a good leader. But I just wish all those era of leadership should end. Let the give the young and healthy people opportunity to rule this country because I this their old partner is no more moving the country forward
The Nigerian government should see this as a wake up call to improve the state of the nation since a little and ungrateful nation like South Africa are using the improving state of their nation to intimedate Nigeria
Nigeria will forever remain corrupt. Open all the damages and lifes lost in hands of the south Africans yet they are considering the money mentioned. The question is that; what will happen the dead ones, will they bring them back to life?
Yes he is a great man of this nation as a whole and he should be acknowledged for that...but all our leaders have become self centered no longer care about our safety but just to sit down in offices and use just pen to steal trillions
If you ask me, one of the reasons Nigeria is still standing and surviving is because of this great man. Obasanjo. He's truly a leader whether president or not. Imagine a personality like this still giving the president advices. Obasanjo is truly a leader
Yes he is a true leader
Remember it was during his regime that the mobile network MTN was introduced in Nigeria
He also has the qualities of a leader and he will even do well if he is given a chance to rule again
The idea of sending Nigerians back to continue their businesses in South Africa isn't a clear one, from what just happened recently, our former president should probably have a rethink about this one.
The fact that he has asked Nigerians to go back to South Africa if the outcome of the meeting is positive doesn't means he's not thinking about the welfare of Nigerians but rather the opposite.
It actually means that measures are being put in place to reassure Nigerians of their safety
The idea of the former president Obasanjo should be disregarded, it's simply implies that if He is still in poweras as the president, Nigerians will die in pain. Our nation Nigeria can accommodate everyone, if only the leaders will make it hospitable for all of us. Quote.
Everybody is entiltle to his or her opinion, obj saying they should go back doesn't means he is self centered. He didn't force them and am sure some will bide to his idea and go back to limelight, what shows to u as 6 is nine to another man viewing it in other direction
Well, he said what he thinks its the best for him. Though in real send its folly.
Firstly, am not blaming him alone but the Government at large in which he got a little influence on. Though that's not my point. But come to think of it, telling those that escaped the penalty of death to return to dead sea is the worst folly ever. It would have been considered if we were citizens of that country, but no we they are just ordinary traveling merchants.
Now my say on this is that, the government having seen the mercies we suffer at the hands of other countries should look into the reasons why there's much emigration out of the country, and work on enlarging the economy to sought at least 55% of the citizens.
I bet Nigeria we remain a better place to live.
God Bless Nigeria.
I just feel going back to South Africa will cause more trouble. Even if it'll die down for a while, there is a possibility that the attack will occur again. That therefore is not a good advice from a Nigerian leader... He should advice them to be established in their own country. On the other hand, people that have been in South Africa and are settled there and making money will want to go back there to continue because it'll be hard for them to be as successful as they were. The best thing is for president Buhari to make it easy for those people to do well in their business by assisting them in anyway and not that they should go back to South Africa.
Former president Obasanjo is a good leader, owing to the situation in the country, as bad as it is, Nigerian youths are pesimistic about the future of the country, so being advised to look for a greener pasture elsewhere is not a bad idea, aftetall he did what he could for the betterment of the nation, before his succesors started making a mess and still making the mess.
Baba is a good leader oo very active and quick in deciding, this Boko Haram issue would have been past tense if baba was on post, he would have just bomb all of them, and gbam that is the end of Boko Haram, and this recent xenophobia issue, I trust obasanjo, it will not even exist atall
Yes he's a true leader but sometimes your opinion might be wrong because we are all human beings after all, it is not advisable for them to go back because that country is still a no go area now
Well to me what the former president of Nigeria president olusegun Obasanjo said is right. He sounded like a true leader. Those that returned that have the intension of going back to their businesses should get ready.
Men,, we keep on praying for this country... I hope God leads us to our promise Land... Why on Earth would he say they should return? He himself can be of help to at least 50 Nigerians by providing the jobs or something but instead, he spits out rubbish...smh
President olusegun obasanjo is indeed a great president which had a great impact on our country Nigeria. WereW all human beings and nobody is perfect everybody is working towards perfection his good part actually covered the bad part I can really say he helped our country as a whole
i am ashamed of this so called man..I mean Sometimes,I just ask myself why I was born into this country..imagine i our own leaders telling us to go back to the country that doesn't like us even if they do,why would our leaders advise us to go to another country.. everything in this country is so bad..Olusegun Obasanjo is a bad Leader if I am to decided please
We ain't part of the thought of our leaders we r neglected all hopes lost thinking we have gotten our freedom but it's still the same working as slaves his leadership is not fair ND it's unjust to conclude
He's a good president when he was there because he has done any things for us that we can never forget but everything on god this time but cause our present president doing the right thing at the wrong time
This act is not expected of him. No good father would allow his child to go to fire. He is a leader but he acted otherwise . It is better for them to come back.
He probably might not be a true leader but the fact still remains that in his tenure things were not like this and In his tenure there was an increments of salary and promotion given to those who ought to have been promoted back then
Yes he is a good leader,am sure he wants peace to reign and i don't see anything wrong with him going to South Africa to make peace, come to think of it,alot of Nigerians has invested alot in south Africa,some have been there all their life with alot of investment
The former president was just expressing his point of views and that does not mean he was trying to force those who escaped the xenophobic attack to go back and die.he was trying to air his view as free democrats
Like him or hate him, Former President Olusegun Obansanjo remains a reference point and a great lover of Nigerian. His stance on national issues might not be a true reflection of our individual and collective reasoning, but he still stands out as a true lover of the country. He recent misgivings about the governance style of the presently goverment clearly establishes him as leader who is always already to say it as it is. Certainly he is not a perfect man. But his love for his fatherland is perfect.
President Olusegun Obasanjo is not totally wrong in this issue, considering the present situation in Nigeria.. The economy is crawling, there is security challenge, no jobs etc. Most of the returnee may find it difficult to settle down and may be forced to do things that may bring trouble to them. Instead of constituting themselves ad nuisance to the society, it is better to go back to South Africa.