Zuma cautions South Africans, Nigerians over racial killings
• Receives Imo State highest award
• Thabo Mbeki in Abeokuta, commends Obasanjo on library
President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, at the weekend, advised against killing of foreigners in his country and Nigeria.
He gave the caution in Owerri, the Imo State capital, during his official visit and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Jacob Zuma Foundation and Rochas Foundation College of Africa.
He explained that the relationship between both countries was stronger than any other on the continent and urged the African Union (AU) to replicate and fund similar foundations for the less-privileged.
Zuma, who was conferred with the Grand Chancellor of the State of Imo award, also inaugurated a 90-room South African-own Protea Hotel. The hotel is operated by a leading hospitality brand, Marriott International, located in New Owerri area of the state.
He said his country’s investment in tourism industry in Nigeria and seven other African countries was its contribution to the unity of the continent and urged tourists to make the maximum use of the hotel.
According to him, Africans are divided only by the colonial boundaries, stressing that great leaders of the continent should be appreciated to spur them to make greater contributions.
Zuma said: “I was an ordinary freedom fighter belonging to the African National Congress (ANC). But in 1994, I felt, I had been part of those who had made the oppressed people of South Africa to accomplish an important mission of liberating themselves.
“But political freedom without economic freedom is not enough. That is why in our era, we should have a government that would make economic laws, because there is little one could do for the poor and the oppressed.”
Meanwhile, former South African President, Thambo Mbeki, has commended ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo for establishing the Presidential Library. He made the commendation in Abeokuta when he visited the complex.
He said: “Some other African leaders could come and have a look because Obasanjo has set an example that is worth repeating in other countries.
“I didn’t know that we have such a major complex, because what I had in my head was a building. But the complex is a very important contribution in terms of communicating what our leadership in the continent could do.”
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