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Monday, 16 October 2017

Killing of Nigerians by South Africans must stop –Zuma


President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has said that for the sake of the African continent, the bond of peace between his country and Nigeria must be stronger than ever.
Zuma spoke after being honoured with Imo Merit Award during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Jacob Zuma Education Foundation and Rochas Foundation College of Africa in Owerri, the Imo State capital at the weekend. The President also said that the killing of Nigerians by South Africans and vice versa must stop.
He also urged every country in Africa to unite as one people to fight for the common course of economic and political emancipation of Africa.According to him, Africans are one people divided by colonial borders and it is important to recognise the efforts of some African great leaders who live beyond such borders. He said: “Africans must come together to address African problems. We are the same people.
We cannot succeed if we handle problems as individuals. We need to recognise that we are one people. “Nigeria is a country among countries in the continent of Africa and globally.
What Nigeria says and does you must note, determines the lots of many nations. “I am an ordinary freedom fighter belonging to the African National Congress (ANC).
But in 1994, I felt, I have been part of those who have made oppressed people of South Africa to accomplish an important mission of liberating themselves. But political freedom without economic freedom is not enough freedom.
That is why in our era, we have a government that will begin to make economic laws, because if the economic power is not there, there is very little you can do for the poor and the oppressed.
“Then I have also realised that the time comes for nations to speak the truth, and I’m among those who are speaking the truth now, because the more things they said about me, that are not true, the more stubborn I become in my agitation.
Don’t be dismayed. For these reasons, I stand here being seen as a hero by the leadership of Imo State in Nigeria and to make me feel empowered that what I say, think and believe in, is correct”. Giving Zuma the Imo Merit Award, Okorocha said: “This afternoon, I speak with mixed emotions for a great son of this land Africa, who has toiled and who has been directed by God all his life to get to the point where he is today.
To some people, he’s a dogged fighter, to most people in South Africa, he is a freedom fighter and to me, one of the reasons I present this honour is that he remains one of the most misunderstood persons in Africa.
“We in Imo State have chosen to identify with this great leader who meant well for his people; who had to toil, struggle and fight for the liberation of his people, not minding the consequences thereafter. This to me is courage. This to me is strength of character. Very importantly, Mr. President, you are a man with uncommon history.
One who never saw the four walls of a classroom and who in the course of struggling to liberate his people, landed in prison for 10 years and still did not stop or waver.”

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