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EXPOSED!! Here Is How Nigeria Spent Over $61 Billion To Free Black South Africans, Others From Apartheid!!

In a rare show of charitable love to South Africa, Nigerians made gigantic yield adding to the demolition of politically-sanctioned racial segregation in South Africa.

Students in Nigeria skirted their lunch to make donations, and just in 6 months, in June 1977, the commitment toward the Southern African Relief Fund (SARF) came up to $10.5 million.

The donations to the SARF were widely known in Nigeria as the “Mandela tax”.

As a result of the fund’s work, a first group of 86 South African students arrived in Nigeria in 1976, following the disruption of the education system in South Africa.

It happened after the massacre of 700 students by the white police while the former were protesting against the decision by the apartheid regime to change their education language to Afrikaans.

Hundreds of South African students have benefited from the fund’s activity having come to study in Nigeria for free.

Beyond welcoming students and exiles, Nigeria had also welcomed many renowned South Africans like Thabo Mbeki (former South African president from 1999 to 2008).

He had spent 7 years in Nigeria, from 1977 to 1984, before he left to the ANC headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia.

Along with fellow African countries Nigeria lobbied for the creation of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid and chaired it for 30 years, longer than any other country.

Between 1973 and 1978, Nigeria contributed huge financial sum to the United Nations  Educational and Training Programme for Southern Africa, a voluntary trust fund promoting education of the black South African elite.

As for trade, Nigeria had refused to sell oil to South Africa for decades in protest against the white minority rule. Nigeria had lost approximately $41 billion during that period.

Above all, Nigeria was the only nation worldwide to set up the National Committee Against Apartheid (NACAP) as early as in 1960.

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The committee’s mission was to disseminate the evils of the apartheid regime to all Nigerians from primary schools to universities, in public media and in markets, through posters and billboards messages.

The NACAP was also responsible for the coordination of Nigeria’s government and civil society joint anti-apartheid actions and advising of policy makers on anti-apartheid decisions.

For over three decades the NACAP had successfully built alliances with labor movement, student groups, progressive elements and other international grassroots organizations within Nigeria for effective anti-apartheid activities.

In fact, until 1960s, the ANC fight against the apartheid regime in South Africa was yielding very small results. The whole world was quite indifferent to the suffering of the black South Africans.

Moreover, western countries strongly supported the apartheid regime providing it with technologies, intelligence and favorable trade agreements.

Things started changing dramatically only after African countries became independent in the 1960s. Nigeria unequivocally took over leadership of the anti-apartheid movement worldwide.

Despite the volatile nature of Nigeria’s politics and the passage of numerous military and civil leaders, Nigeria never abandoned its unwavering commitment to the freedom of our brothers and sisters in South Africa.

From 1960 to 1995, Nigeria has alone spent over $61 billion to support the end of apartheid, more than any other country in the world, according to the South African Institute of International Affairs.

The country has never let go of any opportunity to denounce apartheid, from the boycott of Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games to the nationalization of British Petroleum assets in 1979.

Unfortunately, our brothers and sisters in South Africa have not been grateful to Nigeria.

When Mandela passed away in 2013, Nigeria’s president was not even given the opportunity to speak.

At the same time, the representatives of the United States. (U S) and the United Kingdom (U K) two countries supporting the apartheid regime, were in the spotlight.

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Written by How Africa

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  1. AS MUCH AS I CONDEMN THE XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS AND MALTREATMENT OF NIGERIANS AND OTHER FOREIGNERS IN SOUTH AFRICA, I WANT TO SINCERELY STATE HERE THAT OUR LEADERS HAVE SOLD THIS NATION FOR A PIECE OF BREAD BECAUSE OF THEIR SELFISH GAINS. THE KIND OF ENERGY WE DEPLOYED TO FIGHT APARTHEID IN SOUTH AFRICA SHOULD HAVE BEEN USED TO PURSUE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND NATIONAL UNITY AND INTEGRATION OF OUR MULTILINGUAL SOCIETY. OUR LEADERS ARE JUST GOOD AT PAYING LIPS SERVICE TO CRITICAL NATIONAL ISSUES THAT ARE SUPPOSE TO BIND US TOGETHER AND MAKE US SELF RELIANT IN VIRTUALLY EVERY FACET OF LIFE….WHILE COUNTRIES LIKE INDIA, CHINA, MALAYSIA, CUBA ETC WERE BUSY DEVELOPING CAPACITY, OUR LEADERS WERE BUSY SOWING SEEDS OF DISCORD BECAUSE OF THEIR SELFISH GAINS. WE NEED A NATIONAL REBIRTH, CHART A FRESH COURSE WITH ZEAL TO DELIVER ON THE GOALS AND VISIONS OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS. IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO START AGAIN, I PRAY THE WOUNDS INFLICTED ON OUR NATIONAL SOUL AS A COUNTRY BE HEALED AND GOD ‘WILL RESTORE ALL THAT THE LOCUST HAVE EATEN’. TO MY BROTHERS OUT THEIR IN THE SOUTH AFRICA, I SYMPATHIZE WITH YOU OVER YOUR LOSSES, BUT MUCH MORE I PRAY GOD WILL COMFORT YOU ON EVERY SIDE AND RESTORE ALL YOU HAVE LOST………….NIGERIAN MUST BE GREAT AGAIN……………..I STILL AND WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE IN NIGERIA…..LONG LIVE NIGERIA…………….NIGERIA WE HAIL THEE ….THE LABOUR OF OUR HEROES PAST SHALL NEVER BE IN VAIN…SELAH

  2. This is why I’m dying to see nigeria take arms against those ungrateful bastards. Even Thabo Mbeki wouldn’t show his stupid face to denounce these violence against nigerians. I’m more pained because I remembered how we were compelled to contribute money towards SARF in the 70s. This is all we get in return? I say, let’s vandalize their economic assets in nigeria. Enough is Enough…it’s eyes for eyes, nose for nose, mouth to mouth now!

  3. @yacub Nigerian People are great please don’t fall in this kind of response you would like to take. Please stay great country continue to show the example to the rest of the world espialy africa. a Rwandan

  4. this is just bullshit, it was the same thing in Gabon, i remember when we used to give away money and clothes to south african and the help our countries gave to that ungratefull nation. they even killing zimbabwean, mozambican and zambian, when we know that thoses country were on the line of fire for helping and hiding ANC combattants; am just pissed, black peeps are just a waste of time

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