Xenophobia: Nigerian students threaten South African companies

MTN Nigeria office

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has given 48 hours ultimatum to all South African companies in Nigeria to relocate over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

The students gave the ultimatum at a peaceful demonstration at some South African companies in Abuja on Thursday.

During the march the students carried a banner, which read: “NANS Against Xenophobic Attacks on Nigerians.”

While the students marched, the security men stood and watched to ensure law and order.

The president of NANS, Kadiri Aruna, said in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at DSTV office, a South African company, in Wuse 2, Abuja, that Nigerian students had resolved to condemn the attacks.

“We are saying that enough is enough as South Africans have openly attacked and bullied Nigerians,” he said.

Mr. Aruna said that the protest would also serve as a warning to other countries trying to underrate Nigerians.

He said that after 48 hours, if nothing was done, messages would be sent to students in all university campuses to bring down MTN masts all over the country.

Mr. Aruna said that DSTV and Shoprite would also be affected as the union had put adequate strategies in place to make the action effective.

“All the South African business empires in Nigeria and their collaborators in Nigeria will be affected.

“I don’t want to say we will be barbaric but we will not be lawful in our actions, we will do it and face the consequences, enough of this rubbish,’’ he said.

Mr. Aruna stressed that the poor treatment being meted out to Nigerians was particularly insulting given the role Nigeria played in ending the apartheid regime in South Africa.

“Nigeria contributed 80 per cent of the freedom the South Africans are enjoying today because we saved them from the jaws of apartheid.

“Who is South Africa to humiliate Nigeria? So they forget things so soon, let them go back to history and records to see how much financial assistance and what the country did to save them,’’ he said.

The union president said that the situation was inhuman and for this reason all reasonable Nigerians must react.

“In science they say you use malaria to cure malaria, now you use madness to cure their madness, and that is why we are advising them to leave Nigerian soil before 48 hours.’’

He said that the Federal Government should not wait till the dying minute before evacuating Nigerians from South Africa.

Mr. Aruna said it was time for government not to only condemn the attacks but take a firm stand by summoning South Africa’s high commissioner and if possible cut diplomatic ties with that country.

“Government should take extra-diplomatic measures in dealing with the latest deadly assaults because if nothing drastic is done it will become a regular occurrence.

“This is the time to place South Africa where it belongs,’’ he said.

He said that the last time the xenophobic attack happened nothing was done, no action was taken and no arrest was made and that was why South Africans repeated the attacks.

Aruna said it was so unfortunate that during the attacks the South African Government refused to take up its responsibility of securing Nigerians and their properties.

“The government of South Africa is criminally quiet and they say silence is consent, and their police are folding their hands while they are killing Nigerians, this is conspiracy, enough is enough,’’ he said.

He said the peaceful rally would continue and spread across the country.

Over 50 police and, DSS operatives surrounded the DSTV premises and along the street making it impossible for NAN to contact any DSTV officials for comments. (NAN)


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  • Kaka

    Am so happy what our government has failed to do the student do. Thank our student we remain ever greatful to you.

  • John A

    Great job NANS

  • Haba mallam

    They need to loot shoprite immediately without warning to send these fools in South Africa the message that without us there could have been no them at all.

  • Philemon

    “All the South African business empires in Nigeria and their collaborators in Nigeria will be affected.”
    “I don’t want to say we will be barbaric but we will not be lawful in our actions, we will do it and face the consequences, enough of this rubbish,’’ he said.

    Dear NANS president,
    I support you 1billion percent. An eye for an eye is what works these days. The crooks in government and APC party members will not take any positive drastic action against South Africa because they have property and business investments in that country. Even if S. Africa killed 100,000 Nigerians the useless Nigerian govt with a paralyzed absentee so-called president will still not consider recalling the Nigerian Ambassador or expelling the S.African ambassador in Nigeria. If they attack Nigerian businesses, then we must reciprocate by attacking theirs in Nigeria. If they kill a Nigerian then we must kill a South African. Simple!

  • Watch man

    Beautiful outing by our students! Where are the opportunistic civil society groups? They have remained criminally silent. See how govt police and SSS are protecting South African companies, meanwhile the South African police are not doing the same to Nigerians. So disgraceful!

  • George

    We also advised that all kidnappers, all the arm robbers to trace and locate every South Africa men and women in Nigeria quickly and do them serious harm without mercy.

    No more notice time to act is now.

  • INTERNETPATROLLER

    Black South Africans need a realty check. Their obnoxious conduct is not even xenophobia as such but Afrophobia. Their targets are black Africans from, as they like to refer to them, “up there” or “the rest of Africa.” They love to swagger around weighed down by the misconception that because their country is doing somewhat better than some other African countries they must be “special Africans” or “superior” to other Africans! They forget that had other Africans not hosted their freedom fighters within their borders they would still be struggling under the yoke of apartheid. They also forget that much of the economic power that they are so proud of depends on the business activities that they are carrying out in African countries such as Nigeria. They need to wake up to the reality that other African countries possess the ability to send their economy tumbling down. They are doing a very good job advertising South Africa to the world as the epicentre of xenophobia, particularly Afrophobia!