How Nigeria Helped to Set South Africa Free


Anthony Okosun


South Africa is a country, whose people would still have been struggling to eke out a meager existence in the back waters of their own country, had Nigeria not embolden herself and flex her muscles to rescue brother and sister Africans, who were deluged with oppression and humiliation in the southern most tip of the motherland continent. How weird and bizarre and what a horrendous shame  that Nigerian citizens would now be repaid with ghastly murder, looting, intimidation, brigandage and untold humiliation of her citizens in a territory, that should solemnly be regarded as a brother African homeland for Nigerians. 


How time flies. Who would have imagined, that the land of Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki and other great freedom fighters, who gave their all, for freedom, would suddenly be reduced to an anti African gulag for vampire terrorism, lethal purges, forced and fatal deportations, man-made hell on earth, extrajudicial executions, show arsons, and quasi-genocide. South Africans, who has bewitched you with demon polluted 'umqobothi' ? Suddenly the great Thabo Mbeki, has lost his magisterial essence. His presidency now looks as hollow and utterly demystified as a dog house. How are the mighty fallen ? I just do not want to believe, that the struggle by all good men and women the world over, for the freedom of South Africans was in vain. Could it be true, that the White man knew better? Are South Africans really appreciative of their freedom? Did the freedom come too early? Should South Africans be forcibly subjected to a compulsory duration of study, to acquaint them, with the history of their freedom? Should these people, who would not think twice before killing fellow African brothers not be locked up in zoo cages, until their unrefined wild beast essence is exorcised from their psyches and mentalities. I can vividly imagine the great Chaka the Zulu turning in his grave. These rascally murderers and ignorant ingrates have betrayed the great African warrior and hero.


South African Mobs have been hunting, maiming and burning to death African immigrants in that country. These mobsters have been raping, robbing and murdering fellow African brothers and sisters.Many African brothers and sisters resident in South Africa, have been rendered homeless, by arson and left destitute. Many have been hospitalised with stab wounds and bullet holes in their anatomies.How could man be so inhuman to man. Oh civilisation, why hath thou fled from these brutish beasts. It is sad and lamentable to imagine, that these same orangutans and chimpanzees have been dignified with the joy and glory of hosting the soccer world cup.


Since the attainment of independence, Nigeria has been in the frontline for the realisation of freedom and total fundamental liberties in every African country, especially in the Southern Africa sub-region. The Murtala Muhammed - Olusegun Obasanjo regime, in a successful attempt to send warning signals, to the whole world, that it would not tolerate, nor flirt with any country doing business with the white minority regime in South Africa, nationalized the local operations of Barclays Bank in Nigeria, after that bank ignored the strong protests by Nigeria, advising it, not to buy the South African government bond,which would be in violation of the economic/trade embargo on the racist South African regime.  


Nigeria's Murtala Muhammed - Olusegun Obasanjo regime, nationalized the British Petroleum (BP) for supplying oil to South Africa. This was at a time, when South Africa needed action and not just rhetorics to give momentum to the struggle for freedom from the white masters. These were no mean and easy decisions. These were decisions that carried very enormous political implications. These decisions were capable of attracting serious political, economic and social reprisals. However, for love for our brothers and sisters in South Africa, Nigeria risked all, to help South Africa gain freedom.


Also, to help South Africa gain independence, Nigeria led a boycot of the 1978 Games in protest of New Zealand's sporting contacts with apartheid South Africa, and 32 of 59 nations from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean joined a Nigeria led boycot of the 1986 Commonwealth Games due to the Thatcher government's attitude towards South African .Nigeria, a member of the common wealth mobilized it's diplomatic influence, and led majority of the common wealth countries to boycott these common wealth games as a show of solidarity to South Africa and to send a message to the white country members in the common wealth and in the world generally, that Nigeria will fight with it's all, to set our brothers and sisters in South Africa free. This was a herculean task. The mobilisation for this boycott, deeply tested Nigeria's claim to leadership in Africa and beyond. Alas, the mobilisation was very successfull. And the common wealth games, that year, was a sorry story. From that moment onwards, the whole world took notice and the struggle for the liberation of South Africa was immediately hyper-accelerated. And the rest is now history.


Nigeria is also reputed to have provided secret military training at the Kaduna first mechanized army division and provided other material, financial and diplomatic support to African National Congress guerrilla forces. Who can quantify the millions of dollars, that Nigeria spent on the A. N. C. during the struggle to liberate South Africa ?.


Can Thabo Mbeki please call the ignorant ingrates in South Africa to order. It is important for South Africans to realise, that the sacrifices made by Nigeria and other African countries and indeed the whole world, for their freedom, are historical facts. South Africans seems to have forgotten so rapidly or they have deliberately developed selective amnesia regarding the roles played by Nigeria and others to create a platform for the triumph of good over evil in South Africa. 



Anthony Okosun