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Breaking: NANS gives MTN, MULTICHOICE,  SHOPRITE, others seven days to leave over killings of Nigerians in South Africa

Breaking: NANS gives MTN, MULTICHOICE, SHOPRITE, others seven days to leave over killings of Nigerians in South Africa

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Wednesday told all South African companies operating in Nigeria to move out within seven days “in their own interest.”

The ultimatum was issued by NANS at a joint press conference in Abuja with Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on killings of Nigerians as well as the brutalization of Tayo Faniran of the Big Brother Africa fame in South Africa.

Comrade Danielson Bamidele Akpan, President, NANS in his address titled “SOUTH AFRICANS MUST GO; NIGERIANS RETURN HOME FROM AFRICA” said:

“You may recall that Nigerian students as directed by the NANS leadership have been on the street in major cities of Nigeria in the last two weeks enforcing the picketing of South African businesses to draw global attention to the mindless killings of Nigerians and looting of their properties in South Africa.

“Interestingly, the picketing exercise was peacefully carried out in the hope that the government of South Africa and her citizens would once and for all end all forms of attacks on citizens of other African nations.

“Behold, the killings have continued and has even assumed a more dangerous dimension. This worsening development calls for a swift reaction.

“Importantly, we want to call on Nigerians in South Africa to reconsider their stay in South Africa and return home.

“Having gone through the first phase without any remorse or practical action to end xenophobic attacks in South Africa, we wish to announce that Nigerian students have decided to take on South Africans same way they are doing to our people. We have seen the helplessness of the South African government in reining in their citizens and wish to condemn in unambiguous terms the continued pampering of those involved. Every nation has her own internal crisis hence no citizen of other nation should be sacrificed for criminal activities of South Africans or any other.

“Since the economic prosperity of Nigerians can no longer be tolerated and their lives secured in South Africa, there’s no need also to condone the continued flourishing of South African businesses and her citizens in Nigeria.

“We therefore wish to officially ask all South African owned businesses in Nigeria to relocate in the next 7 days. We specifically want MULTICHOICE, MTN, STANBIC IBTC BANK, SHOPRITE and others to close their businesses in their own interest within 7 days. In the same vein, we request that South African nationals in Nigeria should return to their home country as we no longer can watch them enjoy peaceful living in Nigeria while our citizens in their country continue to pay with their dear lives for no reason other than being resourceful and flourishing in their businesses and career.

“We have consistently maintained that diplomacy has failed in addressing the xenophobic question. We have heard and seen diplomatic measures put in place without any sincere action taken by the South African government. We have seen again that the people of South Africa are not committed to peaceful coexistence with other nationals hence the wanton killings and destruction of other Africans.
We have now come to a point where action is required to safeguard Nigerians and enforce their dignity.

“To this end, we announce the commencement of Operation Clampdown on South Africans and their businesses in Nigeria.

“The Central Coordinating Committee of the entire student movement in Nigeria is hereby activated for mass action.
We thank all those who have shown genuine concerns in ending the xenophobic madness and wish to reassure our citizens everywhere across the globe of our determination to fight this to a logical conclusion.”

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