By Olayiwola Abegunrin
Within the twenty-first century, Africa has turn into an immense resource of US strength imports and the world's average assets. It has additionally turn into the epicentre of the world's lethal healthiness epidemic, HIV/AIDS, and one of many battlegrounds within the struggle opposed to terrorism. Africa is now a tremendous participant in worldwide affairs.
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As a colonial state, Nigeria could not criticize South Africa’s white regime. As the country’s independence was approaching, efforts began to be directed toward sensitizing Nigerians on the evil of apartheid and the need for the country to take appropriate actions against the white minority rule in South Africa. 31 The Bill was unanimously passed by the House of Representatives. In a similar manner, the Nigerian press echoed the sentiments of the Nigerian government and people against apartheid policy.
Not surprisingly, the Western Nigeria House of Assembly unanimously passed a Resolution urging the Federal Government to invoke appropriate sanctions against the white minority government in South Africa. Consequently, series of rallies and political demonstrations were effectively organized all over the country by opposition political parties, trade unions, youth organizations, and other interest groups including churches to denounce the Sharpeville killings. The reactions generated a flurry of actions nationwide, including the expulsion of the South African Dutch Reform Church from Nigeria.
3 It did not take too long for the rivalry to start. The Abacha military government started the twin struggle between the two giants beginning in 1995. The opportunity came in 1995 as South Africa attempted to play a leading role in the resolution of the Nigerian crisis in 1995. General Abacha’s violation of human rights of the Nigerian peoples, the killing of the nine Ogoni leaders, the detention of thousands of political prisoners without trials, and the assassinations of political opponents intensified the crisis.