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
While the students marched, the security men
stood and watched to ensure law and order.
The President of NANS, Mr 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
Aruna said that the protest would also serve as a
warning to other countries trying to underrate
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.
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,’’
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.
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 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 newsmen to contact any DSTV
officials for comments.