As i watch hundreds of Nigerians airlifted from South Africa to Nigeria this evening, I couldn’t help but think if South Africa truly understands the implications of their action.
We’re in a globalized world, where national boundaries are collapsing daily for a more integrated global community. This is why Trump has come under series of attacks for building the Mexican Wall when old walls are already collapsing beginning with the Berlin Wall.
Recently, Nigeria signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, which allows free movement of goods,persons and services within Africa. It underscores that instead of barriers, the world is pursuing towards openness.
Canada has recently invited migrants to come,work, study and live in their country, same with many other countries.
One good thing about globalization is not just the emphasized economic openness, but the healthy competition it creates, which give room for innovations among players in other to beat the competition.
It is very barbaric and archaic for South Africans to ask migrants to leave their country on the ground that they’re taking over their jobs, in a globalized world as ours. Can’t South Africans come to Nigeria and other African countries to take over jobs if they have what it takes to survive the competition?
Even if all the migrants leave South Africa today,,it won’t still stop unemployment in that country.
Unfortunately, the South African Government has proven very weak and insensitive. They appear not to understand the implications of the renewed xenophobic activities on their economy.. In the international system, it is a sacrilege to be isolated by other countries of the world. It is an evil if nobody visits your country,or feels free to do business in your country.
Countries that understand what they’re doing,are encouraging Foreign Direct Investment using every means possible to attract it, but while other countries are opening up their doors to receive foreigners, South Africa is shutting hers..
In few years to come, the effect of what is happening now would have become clear to them.
For the Nigerians returning from South Africa, while we welcome you people home, I must add that if you can’t manage Naija the way it is at the moment, look for another country and leave the next day, it is not a sin. Some people will make it outside their homeland like Abraham in the Bible while for others, it may be here in Nigeria.