The Dilemma of a Citizen -Evans Ufeli


By the United Nations Human and People’s Right every member country is by that protocol empowered with the right to have its citizens live amongst member states. The United Nations in its bid to promote world peace had since the collapse of the League of Nations called for the harmonious co-existence of the world’s human populace and this is backed up by a common treaty amongst member states.

Nigeria and South Africa are members of the United Nations and the African Union both of which share similar objectives with each other so recourse must be made to the objectives of this common interest both countries share under international public law.

Again, the light of the xenophobic attack of Nigerians in South Africa the Nigerian government must deploy adequate logistic facilities to rescue Nigerians left in South Africa irrespective or private individual effort by some good Nigerian to rescue them and insist that those killed and the properties destroyed, must be replaced and the South African government must pay adequate compensation in this regard.

If the above-mentioned is not given, then the Nigerian government must initiate an action in court to have the grievances addressed. It should then be our prayers in court that all international treaties and international organizations wherein both countries are members must invoke the requisite laws as it relates to human rights, diplomatic and bilateral ties against South Africa for gross misconduct resulting to genocide of foreigners in South Africa .

The government must also caution that the South African government should be honest enough to let her citizens know that the remote and immediate causes of their economic misfortune has little or nothing to do with Nigerians, who are largely businessmen not engage in jobs that South African indigenes consider as their exclusive preserve rather than misinforming her youths, thereby causing a deflection, inculpating foreigners and making them vulnerable to attacks by the natives.

It cannot be right that Nigerians who are largely petty traders are responsible for the unemployment, economic injustice and social ruins that has befallen the youth population of South Africa rather theses vices are solely caused by the successive incompetent government in South Africa with no visible strategy to create jobs for the teaming unemployed youth population.

Contrary to the concerns of South Africans there’s a great deal of evidence that migration boosts the economies of receiving countries. Free movement in Africa can be expected to enhance business and investment as the EU example has shown.

According to an African Development Bank report, tourism in the Seychelles increased by 7% annually between 2009 and 2014 when the country abolished visas for African nationals. By 2015, thanks to increased revenues, it had become a high income country with thriving real estate, aviation and service industries.

The same report also states that African travel to Rwanda has increased by 22% since it eased its visa requirements in 2013. Since then Rwanda’s cross-border trade with Kenya and Uganda has increased by 50%. This is evidence that free movement of labour and capital, boosts economic activity. South Africans are better off with the influx of foreigners to boost trade and grow the economy in ways that will guarantee upward growth in her economic endeavors.

About The Writer

Evans Ufeli is a lawyer, internationally published author and a public affairs analyst. He is also an Alumni Member of the writers bureau, Manchester and a highly sought after conference speaker with a passion for the concept of change.

He can be reached on or call 08037712353.

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