– Pastor Adeboye has advised Nigerians not to retaliate against South Africans in response to the recent xenophobic attack
– Mobs looted and destroyed shops owned by foreigners, especially Nigerians, in South Africa’s commercial hub, Johannesburg
– In retaliation, South African-owned businesses were targeted by protesters in several Nigerian cities
– Adeboye urged Nigerians to pray for the government, that God will give them wisdom to solve the problem
The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has appealed to Nigerians not to engage in reprisal attacks against South Africans following the violence which trailed the wave of xenophobia in South Africa.
Adeboye made the appeal in his sermon on Friday night, September 6, at the September Holy Ghost Service at the Redemption Camp on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, NAN reports.
Adeboye stated that an average South African is a decent person. He likened the situation in South Africa to the period of unrest in Nigerian universities in which only a handful of students usually engaged in trouble making.
According to the popular cleric, bringing Nigerians back home is not the solution to the problem. He urged Nigerians to allow the government handle the issue.
“Let us leave this job to the government. Let them solve this problem at the governmental level. Pray for them that God will give them wisdom, understanding and ability to do it,” he said.
There was an overwhelming support for Adeboye’s appeal when he called for a voice vote on the matter.
Recall that South Africa temporarily shut down its diplomatic missions in Lagos and Abuja offices following reprisal attacks by Nigerians, triggered by xenophobic violence in South Africa.
Meanwhile, the attorney-general of the federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, has cautioned Nigerians not to attack businesses of South Africans in response to alleged xenophobic attacks against their compatriots in the former apartheid nation.
The minister condemned attacks on Shoprite companies by some Nigerians in reaction to the xenophobic attacks, and warned people against taking laws into their hands.