Many Nigerians are currently living in perpetual fear for their lives in the wake of fresh xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
South Africa has a long and bloody history of xenophobia and for the umpteenth time, Nigerians and other foreign nationals were brutally murdered, businesses and homes were burnt and their goods looted in Pretoria West South Africa.
Some gory videos making waves across various social media platforms have caused serious outrage and a lot of people have wondered if the South Africans feel they have monopoly of violence.
They indiscriminately murder innocent foreigners with claims that the government has prioritised employing them over the locals.
The President, Nigeria Union, South Africa, Ikechukwu Anyene, revealed how some Nigerians have received calls asking for payment to protect their homes and businesses while some citizens of the country have continued to threaten to unleash more mayhem against them.
Meanwhile, there has been calls also to the African Union to intervene and ensure the safety of Nigerians and other Africans living in the country.
Unfortunately, the South African police are yet to arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to book.
The big question now is, what should Nigerians do to stay safe?
Should they consider leaving the country and perhaps return to their home country?
But even if they eventually decide to return home, there is still no guarantee for the security of their lives as insecurity is also imminent in the country.
What is they consider remaining in South Africa and fighting back? Or best still, what if Nigerians decide to launch a reprisal attack against South Africans in their country to prove that nobody has monopoly of violence indeed?
If they extend a hand of negotiation to South Africans against the unruly killings, will they gladly accept to negotiate?
Will it the menace be nipped in the bud? Or will it further escalate the issue beyond control?
Sometimes, keeping quiet and acting as if all is well may not be the solution to a problem until one decides to prove that they still have some life in them.
Well, fighting back may not totally bring a halt to the menace but probably, there may be a reduction in the spate of the long standing hate.
Research shows that there are over 120 big South African Companies in Nigeria and while they enjoy growth and patronage in Nigeria, Nigerian companies in South Africa are being stifled out of operation in the wake of xenophobic attacks.
If South Africans can no longer tolerate people from other countries in their own country, then they should not be surprised if people begin to dish out same measures to their citizens in their own countries.
It is quite understandable that violence is never the solution to an issue as two wrongs hardly make a right, but sometimes, people push people so hardly to the extent that they react in extreme ways that may be regretted in the distant future.
The quest to strengthen bilateral ties between South Africa and Nigeria may end up not seeing the light of the day with the manner in which the former dishes out hate for the latter.
The South African government should rise and do everything possible to protect foreigners from being killed because if it continues, a lot of other foreigners would be forced to stay away from the country for fear of losing their lives to ethnic hate.
The golden rule of doing unto others what you would want others to do unto you still remains golden after all.
Watch some of the graphic videos from the latest attacks below:
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