Opinion poll fingers Synagogue building collapse in attacks on Nigerians in S/Africa, cleric disagrees

WorldStage NewsOnline—- As anger and controversies rage on the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa, some people have brought another perspective to why Nigerians, more than other nationalities, have become subject of consistent attacks in the country.
Until the most recent attacks of last Tuesday, frauds and other financial crimes committed by some Nigerians in the southern African country had been cited as reason for the incessant killing and looting of Nigerians and their properties in the country.
However, some people back home in an opinion poll conducted on the probable reason Nigerians are being fatally treated in South Africa suggested the death of many South Africans in the 2016 Synagogue Church building collapse.
One of them who identified himself simply as Sunday Adejoro argued that the aggression towards Nigerians might be a hidden desire by South Africans for retaliation over the incident.
According to him, they might have appeared understanding and unprovoked by that disaster that consumed many of their compatriots in Nigeria but the enormity of the loss could have unsettled their sensibilities.
Also speaking in support of Adejoro, Chinedu Ugbokwe, a resident of Ikotun area of Lagos, was of the opinion that the Ikotun Synagogue building collapse should not be ruled out as part of the reasons.
He explained that even if the attacks were motivated by anger against the unwholesome practices by Nigerians in the country, memory of the loss in Nigeria through the building collapse, no doubt, must have aggravated their feelings against Nigerian residents in their country.
Reminded that Nigerians were not the only foreigners that were similarly attacked, Ugbokwe retorted that Nigerians, more than other nationals, were most frequently and ferociously descended upon.
But Pasor Ladi Thompson of the Living Spring Water Church, Maryland, Lagos disagreed with the duo of Adejoro and Ugbokwe, saying were the South Africans to be acting from impulse of retaliation, the attacks would have been concentrated more on the Yoruba living in the country since the leader of the Synagogue Church is from that Nigerian race.
He argued that the attacks arose mainly as a result of leadership problem in Nigeria, with her failure to rise to the occasion of providing the leading that other African countries look to.
“Having disappointedly looked to Nigeria to lead the African continent out of the grip of the West, the expression of their frustration is what the South Africans are visiting on their African neighbours and we haven’t seen anything yet,” the cleric stated.
Asked why it’s only South Africans that are being violent with their disappointment in Nigeria out of other African countries that are aggrieved with Nigeria on similar issue, Thompson argued that the West had seen ahead that what’s happening now would be their lot and tactically pulled out of prison the late Nelson Mandela to lead post-Apartheid South Africa for them to escape the disaster.
He added that with Mandela out of power, Africa supposed not to have been so ignorant that expect that the trouble with the country was over.
He however advised that unless Nigeria began to do the needful, the aggression in South Africa against other Africans was just the tip of the iceberg.
The deed of the needful, according to him, is Nigeria showing examples in moral, financial and governing propriety as well as becoming a template of development and advancement.

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