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Focus more on national prosperity to avoid xenophobic attacks- Debate Champion

Nine-time British Parliamentary Debate Champion from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, Mr. Faithfulness Okom has advised African leaders and the African Union to focus more on nationalism to avoid incessant xenophobic attacks.

Speaking on the Teknokrat show which airs on the official radio station of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Focus 94.3 FM, the LLB holder pointed out that one of the major causes of Xenophobic attacks is the scarcity of economic resources in Africa. He urged African leaders and the African Union (AU) to invest in the creation of jobs and other economic resources to prevent their citizens from fleeing for greener pastures in other countries.

Though he believes that Pan-Africanism is a very important subject worth pursuing in the quest to address the menace of Xenophobia, the fact still remains that the subject has been more theoretical than practical because of the provision of economic resources has not been put first as a continent.

“Economic resources are very scarce. The Black Community has to struggle for very scarce resources. So there are a lot of factors that mean Pan-Africanism cannot really function. As a theory, it has thrived. National integration is a good course to pursue but I think we should focus more on making our economies viable.”

According to him, the problem of Xenophobia will completely be exterminated if there’s total unity as a continent; a destination that could only be reached if the problems (inequality, poverty, unemployment) in Africa are solved.

He advised the various heads of state to put more effort into building a thriving economy for their citizens.


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