The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has given South Africans and their companies a seven day ultimatum to leave the country over the increasing rate of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
This was made known on August 7th at a press conference organised by the Chairman, National Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in Abuja.
NANS stated that enough is enough with the xenophobic attacks suffered by Nigerians in South Africa and that a show of strength must be done by the Nigerian government to curb the menace.
Some of the South African companies issued the ultimatum to include MTN, ShopRite and DSTV.
A statement reads:
“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 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 seven days. We specifically want Multichoice, MTN, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Shoprite and others to close their businesses in their own interest within seven days.
“In the same vein, we request that South African nationals in Nigeria should return to their home country as we can no longer watch them enjoy peaceful living in Nigeria while our citizens in their country continue to pay with dear lives for no reason other than being resourceful and flourishing in their businesses and career.
South Africans should henceforth leave Nigeria with all their businesses. Nigerians are not joking about it and we are giving seven days ultimatum for this action to be carried out. Diplomacy has failed”.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa who was present appealed to the students to ensure calm because the Nigerian government is working towards resolving the issue.
“We are reaching a tipping point, we are getting to a point where Nigerians are getting really angry and they can’t take it anymore.
It’s going to be one of the priorities that the Minister of Foreign Affairs would meet again with his counterpart in South Africa and review the early warning signal that was put in place, that has to be done while diplomatic Channels are being explored,” she said.
One more death again in South Africa… it is becoming unbearable for Nigerians, you don’t go there and come back with body bags so we just have to do everything we have to do, to ensure that it does not escalate to that level where we start picketing and destroying property… that is not who we are,” Dabiri-Erewa stressed.
The Vice-Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, Professor Muhammad Abdulazeez, has disclosed that the metal bridge linking the student hostel and the lecture halls collapsed because 30 students were taking selfies on it.
Abdullazeez disclosed this when he received the Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, who paid a condolence visit to the Gubi campus of the institution on Wednesday.
The bridge collapsed on Monday night at about 11.45pm, following a downpour, leading to the death of four students. Seven others were reported injured.
The VC said that the students had earlier written to the management requesting for a footpath from the hostel to the lecture halls as the main road was very far.
He said: “The management felt that it was necessary to construct a metal bridge so that at a time, it would carry between...