Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has advised Nigerians to avoid retaliation of the xenophobic attacks. He further stated that the average South African,is decent.
The pastor made the statement during the September Holy Ghost Service of the church held at the Redemption Camp, mowe Ogun State.
“I need to make an appeal, please listen. Please, don’t think of retaliation against South Africa. I’ll tell you why. In 1966 just before the civil war, Colonel Ojukwu made an announcement in Nigeria.
“He said he couldn’t guarantee the safety of Nigerians and told non-easterners in the east to go home. Suddenly, we heard that the students of University of Ibadan had cornered all the easterners there and requested that the westerners be safely returned.
“Immediately, all our easterner friends changed and started planning how to retain us until their brethren be returned too. While we were all trembling, a man noted for cracking expensive jokes said he had a child and he had hope to be remembered.
“That joke left the remaining of us thinking about our death and how to plan our escape. You don’t know what it is to be in another man’s land. Don’t retaliate against the South Africa because of the Nigerians still in South Africa,” he said.
He further adviced that Nigerians should leave the issue for the government to sort out.