Yeni Kuti condemns xenophobic attacks, urges African leaders to fight disunity


Yeni Kuti, the eldest daughter of the late Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, has condemned the xenophobic attacks being unleashed on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa, describing them as disheartening and saddening.

Speaking with PM News, the journalist and dancer accused African leaders of creating disunity among themselves ‘when they should be fighting for Africa’s unity’.

“I think it’s very sad that black people are fighting black people. It pains my heart that black people will fight themselves and be so misinformed and call themselves foreigners,” she said.

Speaking on reactions from both South African and Nigerian governments on the matter, “I remember when they interviewed the South African President on the issue of xenophobia, he seems so lackadaisical about it and our own President did not jerk him up.

It was after people started rioting before our own President reacted, this thing has been happening for a long time. Now people have decided to take the matter into their own hands by rioting which I don’t think is the solution but it got a reaction from the government.”

“South Africa government is sleeping, Nigeria government is sleeping. I have been getting reports that Nigerians do drugs in South Africa.If that is the case, go and catch them.

 Are your police sleeping? It’s not all Nigerians that are doing drugs in South Africa, it’s not all Nigerians that are doing illegal things all over the world. But when they’re doing an illegal thing, that’s the one you will see, what about the positive ones? There are positive ones too,” she added.

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