STOP PATRONAGE OF SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESSES; NANS URGES NIGERIANS.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) wish to once again condemn in strong terms the indiscriminate looting and killings of Nigerian businesses and citizens in South Africa. The recent strangulation to death of the Deputy Director General of the Chartered Institute of Insurance of Nigeria Mrs Elizabeth Ndubuisi has again brought to the fore the numerous yet unchecked killings against Nigerian citizens in the once apartheid country.
It is totally unacceptable that citizens of South Africa have chosen to deliberately attack, loot and kill Nigerians who are either residing or visiting South Africa. As Africans, we had expected that the South African xenophobic attack on any African should have long been repudiated by the government and people of South Africa.
However, it is now crystal clear that the South African government is incapable of accommodating other Africans especially Nigerians in their home country. It is obvious also, that the people of South Africa sees Nigerians as competitors not as brothers and sisters.
We can no longer accept excuses for what is incurably a provocation against the sovereign will of Nigerians in a country we defended and helped during the apartheid era that tore South Africa apart.
Arising from an emergency executive meeting, the leadership of NANS have resolved that thee only way to stop further killings of Nigerians in South Africa is to picket all business entities owned by South Africans in Nigeria. We call on all Nigerians to consciously withdraw from further patronage of the following South African businesses i.e, MTN, DSTV, GOtv, Shoprite and SPAR pending when justice is seen to have be done on the killing of Mrs Elizabeth Ndubuisi.
Alternative network providers, such as Glo, Airtel should be used. While open markets can replace the Shoprite.
Again, we use this medium to ask all South African business interests in Nigeria to relocate their businesses back to South Africa.
Nigeria has been brotherly enough to accommodate the thriving of South African businesses in our economy. No South African citizen or their businesses is under any threat or attack whatsoever in our nation.
Therefore, any threat, injury or death to any Nigerian on south African soil is nothing but an affront on the sovereignty of our nation. It is now time to put a permanent stop to these provocations.
To this end, we announce our decision to embark on massive picketing and protest against all South African businesses in Nigeria.
All students structures in Nigeria are hereby directed to liase with the National Secretariat of NANS for guidelines and action plan on this MOTHER OF ALL STRUGGLES.
Injury to any Nigerian anywhere is an injury to all Nigerians everywhere.
The South African madness must stop. Africa cannot be at war against Africans.
Comr. Danielson Akpan