General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye has urged Nigerians to eschew retaliating against South Africans living in the country in reaction to the recent Xenophobic attacks melted on Nigerians in South Africa.
Eye9ja categorically reports that Pastor Adeboye made this known at the monthly Holy Ghost service of the church at the Redemption camp in Ogun state, Southwest Nigeria on Friday, September 7.
Instead of the attacks against South Africans in Nigeria, Pastor Adeboye called on the people to protect the South Africans living around them.
He urged Nigerians to accommodate South Africans residing and working in Nigeria and let the government handle the situation.
The call of the general overseer comes after some businesses and properties belonging to Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa came under attack in the country; a development that has also led to a reprisal attack involving Nigerians who had in the cause of the week destroyed properties operating in Nigeria that are traced to be owned or have any connection with South Africa.
Pastor Adeboye, who spoke on the Xenophobic attacks, warned Nigerians, saying: “You don’t know what it means to be in another man’s land, not knowing what will happen. Be careful,” he warned.
“Don’t retaliate against South Africa because of the Nigerians who are still in South Africa.
“The average South African is a decent person, I know that. Those who are causing the trouble are not many. If you have a South African living near you, show them, love, protect them from any harm.
“If the government was to repatriate all Nigerians from South Africa, they will be back in the next two months. Do we have enough jobs for those who stayed back in Nigeria, in the first place, not to talk of repatriating people back?
“For the sake of your kit and kin, don’t retaliate against South Africa, let us leave this issue for government to handle, while we pray for God to give them wisdom and understanding to handle the situation,” Pastor Adeboye said.