Students shut MTN office over killings of 118 Nigerians in South Africa

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Students protest xenophobic killings
Protest against xenophobia

THE Kaduna Office of the Telecommunication firm, MTN, has been closed by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), following the xenophobic attacks and killings of 118 Nigerians in the last two years.

The NANS’ Director, Travels and Exchange, Mr Dominic Philip, Thursday, said that the step was necessary to curb further attacks, looting, destruction and mindless killings of African nationalities, particularly Nigerians in South Africa.

According for reports from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Philip recalled that Nigeria had contributed morally, financially, diplomatically and logistically to the agitations that eventually led to the emancipation of South Africans from white’s domination.

He also said that African countries led by Nigeria, helped in the installation of black majority rule in South Africa in 1994 and that Nigeria played a brotherly role by opening economic opportunities for South African citizens to invest in the Nigeria, the biggest market in Africa.

Philip, said that rather than reciprocate the gesture, South Africa has allowed Nigerians to suffer all forms of discrimination, including murders and looting of their businesses.

According to him, NANS will henceforth shun the diplomatic approach adopted by the Nigerian Government, which is cosmopolitan and reconciliatory on the issue.

He said: “Available record has shown that the levels of attacks on Nigerians is on the rise, with the recent killing of Nigerians by South Africans, on July 20 raising the number to 118 in the last two years.

“Out of this number, 13 were reportedly killed by South African Police in an extra-judicial manner.

“It appears that the South African government is incapable of bringing their citizens to order and stop the killings, leaving us with no option than to picket South African businesses in Nigeria until the killing is stopped.

“We, therefore, want the South African government to investigate and provide accurate number of Nigerians so far killed and prosecute perpetrators of xenophobic attacks to ensure justice for the victims.

“We equally want the government to generate data of all Nigerians, whose properties were burnt or looted for immediate compensation.”

Philip said that the Students equally demanded that all South African businesses in Nigeria be closed pending sufficient proof that Nigerians living anywhere in South Africa were safe and allowed to do their businesses freely.

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