Reports from Nigeria have it that the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has ordered South African firms to flee the country within 48 hours or face a dire unleashing of their wrath over the alleged killing of Nigerians living in South Africa.
From our gatherings, the student association yesterday, agitated against SA xenophobic attacks in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.
Nigerian media (DAILY TRUST) reported that about 30 vandals attacked the regional head office of MTN in Abuja. While they destroyed vehicles and office equipment, they allegedly stole phones and cash.
A MTN staff who witnessed the attack narrated thus:
“I just heard people running then I started running to hide and by the time we came out after the security operatives chased them out, they have packed all the laptops we used to work, all the phones on display for sale, they broke some computers and took people’s personal phones and money.
“They got into the premises, the windscreen of a car was broken , all the doors from the reception to the personal service were destroyed.”
Now, NANS wants all South African firm in Nigeria to shut down their operations and flee the country. As learnt, the student association specifically, asked MTN, Shoprite and DSTV to vacate Nigeria immediately.
NANS President, Kadiri Aruna reportedly made the call during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at DSTV office in Abuja.
Condemning SA xenophobic attack, Aruna divulged that NANS will champion protests across Nigeria. The protests he said, would serve as a warning to countries mistreating Nigerians.
Should the South African firms refuse to obey the 48 hours ultimatum, Nigerian students will be rallied to stand up against them, Aruna promised and threatened that they will be pulling down MTN masts all over the country.
Also, the President disclosed that adequate plans have been readied to extend the protest actions to DSTV and Shoprite.
“We are saying that enough is enough as South Africans have openly attacked and bullied Nigerians,” Aruna added.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s political party – the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) – condemned the erupting xenophobic attacks across South Africa saying the unemployment and inequality problem of SA is being wrongfully placed and blamed on African brothers.
Also, the Fighters proclaimed that the march against foreign nationals in SA is disingenuous and a platform for Black on Black violence.
“The failure of society ought to be put at the door of the ANC. The ANC has failed to transform the lives of South Africans. In the midst of attempting to confront economic strongholds against Black people, white monopoly capital has been left untouched.
“The premise of inequality remains dispossession and lack of willingness to transform the economy by the ANC,” asserted the Fighters.
South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued a stern warning against all forms of criminality following the recent spate of unrest and tensions between South Africans and foreign nationals in the country.
SAPS said it has successfully arrested 42 suspects involved in criminal acts associated with the unrest. 27 out of the 42 suspects were undocumented foreign nationals. One person was arrested for the possession of unlicensed firearm, and 14 for possession of or dealing in drugs.