... calls for peaceful coexistence in Africa
In the wake of recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and nationals of other African countries in South Africa, and the retaliatory attacks on South African business interests in Nigeria, as well as elsewhere in Africa, chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Tony Elumelu has sued for understanding among Africans who, according to him, share a common destiny.
Elumelu described the attacks as “despicable and pure madness!”, while calling on all parties to embrace peace.
“Africa is such a beautiful and blessed continent and we Africans are our greatest resource. I’ve always known and felt this,” he wrote.
“As a young man when we started at Standard Trust Bank, banks were still focused on metropolitan areas but we wanted to give opportunity to everyone and create access to financial services for all around the country. So we left the city and we expanded all over Nigeria. UBA Group was a one country operation in 2005 when I took over as CEO following the merger but our strategic intent was to do what we did with Standard Trust Bank and expand this time all over Africa bringing excellence in financial services and again – access. And uniting Africa through banking.
“Today we are in 20 countries and waxing stronger. After I left as CEO of UBA, my sights still set on Africa, I founded the @Tony Elumelu Foundation and this time, finally can proudly say today that we are empowering young African men and women in all 54 countries across the continent.
“The reasons have never changed. I believe in Africa and I believe in Africans.
“Our greatest threat in Africa is not our Fellow African brothers and sisters. It is Poverty! And as I have often said , Poverty anywhere is a threat to all of us everywhere.
“Let’s not lose sight of our shared destiny.
“It is only together that we can face our common enemy- Poverty. We need to stop attacking each other but rather embrace one another and work together to uplift our continent and be our brother’s and sister’s protectors wherever we may find ourselves. This is the only way to our economic liberation and prosperity.
“We must say no to barbarism and savagery. Deliberately and violently mutilating, destroying , and killing our brothers & raping our sisters in such brutal and evil way is un-African, bad and dehumanizes us all. Instead, we must always seek to elevate, protect and help one another.
“I am Saddened by this! It is despicable and pure madness!