“ANTI-NIGERIAN HASHTAG TRENDS IN SOUTH AFRICA “
In South Africa, #NigeriansMustGo has been the top trending hashtag on Twitter, lately signaling growing xenophobia against foreigners within the country.
This comes only days following a small protest held outside the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, the capital, under the hashtag #PutSouthAfricansFirst.
Partially being fueled by a local media report, this hashtag increased in its popularity and use. The report explained how a police raid led to five Nigerians being charged and arrested with human trafficking after 11 women were discovered to be working as sex workers at brothels disguised as a bed-and-breakfast.
Two weeks prior, Digital Forensic Research Lab – which is made up of forensic researchers who track conflicts – said it had identified a dismissed lance corporal in the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) fueling xenophobia in the methods of running a fake Twitter account. The former soldier has not commented.
Some South Africans accuse immigrants of being involved in crime and taking the jobs of locals. Others claim and believe that most immigrants are law-abiding, and should not be blamed for the social and economic issues of South Africa.
During a protest two weeks ago, Nigeria’s High Commissioner Bala Kabiru said: “We don’t accept the profiling of Nigerians in South Africa.”
My dear siblings of the faith, we are clearly witnessing and observing countless major instances of civil unrest before our very eyes that are not just happening in America or the Western World, but in many countries across the globe. In America, xenophobic attitudes are evident in the hearts of many who believe for example that immigrants such as Hispanics are taking jobs and should be deported back to their country. The same can be seen in the nation of South Africa, where in multiple instances, Nigerians are claimed to be causing crime and likewise, taking jobs.
America and South Africa are by far not the only countries where xenophobia is majorly occurring right now. This is a clear indication that such hatred between people groups is deeper than skin… it is fueled by the Devil.
So the question remains… How can we overcome racial divides and tensions that are blazing through the world in which we live in today? The Bible makes it very clear. Zech 4:6 (KJV) reads, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Obviously, it cannot be by physical power or even political power that these issues get ultimately resolved, but only by the power of the Holy Spirit. Man may be able to change the actions of another, but it is only God who can change the heart.
The Bible says to “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23 KJV). Every single issue of humanity, even the social ones on grand national and international scales, stem from issues of the heart. It is only through God that we will find the solution, for the Word also says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chr 7:14 KJV).
Brothers and sisters, all we need to do is ultimately turn not to each other or even to the government for a solution, but to God! It’s time to delve back into and constantly dwell in the Word, pray without ceasing and live life not as a simple unbeliever, but life in the Spirit! Then, and only then will we see our societies, nations and world progress, heal and advance into greater glories. There is no other ultimate solution!
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