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Xenophobia: Jim Ovia Leaves World Economic Forum

The Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia, has withdrawn from participating at the ongoing World Economic Forum [WEF] Africa 2019, going on in Cape Town, owing to xenophobic attacks on foreigners living in South Africa.

Mr. Ovia, who is slated to be one of the speakers, announced his withdrawal in a statement issued on Thursday.

Explaining the reasons behind his withdrawal, Ovia premised his decision on the “hypersensitivity of the issues surrounding the lives and well-being of Nigerian citizens living in South Africa and to contribute his voice against the poor state of security regarding foreign nationals living in Africa.”

The statement said that prior to his exit, Ovia urged African leaders to create employment opprtunities for youth empowerment, as well as better government policies to curb attacks on persons living within and outside Africa.

According to him, the Jim Ovia Foundation has taken up a stance on this issue, having empowered over 3,500 students and entrepreneurs since its inception.

He also called on other members of the private sector to join hands and solve this menace plaguing the African continent.

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