Xenophobia: Twitter fake news made Nigerians turn on their own country – AKA
SA rapper, AKA has stated that no Nigerian was killed in the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, but Nigerians allowed Twitter to make them turn on their won country.
Recall that when fake pictures surfaced on social media claiming to be pictures of Nigerians getting killed in South Africa, man people in Nigeria got aggravated.
This led to looting of stores perceived to belong to South Africans in Nigeria, part of which included malls in which South African owned ShopRite retail outlets were situated
According to AKA, the looting was instigated by fake news on Twitter which he says also deceived South African celebrities too.
“We condemn any violence in our country, especially to our fellow African brothers and sisters. However, we must be careful with social media. Offically: 12 people have been killed in the recent Xenophobic attacks. 10 of them South African. 2 foreign nationals.
“10 South Africans dead in last two weeks violence … zero Nigerians. Twitter made you turn on your own country. Sies.
“Now that we know it’s mostly South Africans who died in the past two weeks violence … it’s almost like it’s okay. We have a disgusting problem with our own self confidence and with violence. What a mess.
“How’s about we put all this nonsense behind us and come together as AFRICANS once and for all huh?
“Even South African celebrities were duped into thinking we were mass murdering foreigners. I wonder if they will now turn around and send condolences for their own dead countrymen and women.