A report that Putin called Africa "A Cemetery for Africans" has been circulating the internet.
An alleged screenshot from an Al Jazeera West Africa social media page is being shared. The headlines says: "Vladimir Putin Says: Africa Is A Cemetery For Africans."
Of course, social media is not happy.
The alleged article reads:
"When an African becomes rich, his bank accounts are in Switzerland. He travels to France for Medical treatment. He invests in Germany. He buys from Dubai. He consumes Chinese. He prays in Rome or Mecca. His children study in Europe. He travels to Canada, USA, Europe for tourism.
If he die, he will be buried in his native country of Africa.
Africa is just a cemetery for Africans. How could a cemetery be developed?"
The image is being shared online, many outraged by Putin's alleged remarks, believing them to be true based on Putin's previous racist comments about the continent.
Some are skeptical as to whether this is a legitimate quote from Putin but agree that the quote makes some valid points about the Black community not investing in their own countries.
"Damn chaka, looks like u have ur hands full. But can u post the amount of land and property Russia has purchased in Africa in the last 5 years? ? 👀 The answer is #plenty," somebody commented.
"obviously. But we don't live in Africa. Read the caption. We never lived in Africa so it can't be a cemetery for us" said another.
While another wrote: "what most of our people dont understand is we are selling ourselves short waiting for assistance from our government. We must slowly educate the youth in a manner to be self reliant. Grow our own foods, build our own homes, teach military methods....create a lifestyle, then grow it through the youth and close by neighborhoods. Make a powerful connection with people who are invited into other countries and build that way of life there. Build connections and showing results."
Do you agree with Putin's alleged quote, or is he talking nonsense?