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Xenophobic Attacks: Relocate from Nigeria in 48hrs – NANS tells South African Companies

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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 on Nigerians.’’

While the students marched, the security men stood and watched to ensure law and order.

The President of NANS, Kadiri Aruna, said in an interview 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 Nigerians.’’

Aruna said that the protest will also serve as a warning to other countries trying to underrate Nigerians.

He said that after 48 hours, if nothing was done, messages will be sent to students in all university campuses to bring down MTN masts all over the country.

Aruna said that DStv and Shoprite will 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,’’ he said.

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.

He said the peaceful rally will continue and spread across the country.

33 Comments

  1. CovertNigerian

    February 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    (1) For how long is it appropriate to continue to remind a friend that you did them a favour in the past? I mean this seriously. We were helpful during the days of apartheid, but it doesn’t entitle us to perpetual and everlasting repayment. I think it is poor form to ALWAYS bring it up and I’m tired of seeing this reference being made over and over again.

    (2) The thugs at NANS clearly didn’t get Michelle Obama’s memo that to go high when they go low. The stupidity of this threat, especially considering that these are the folks fortunate enough to get a university education, should trouble us all. All too often when I see evidence of the warped logic of allegedly educated Nigerians, I have to wonder how much worse it might be among the less educated and less exposed majority.

    • Mikeolysis

      February 23, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      You must be mad or out of your senses.
      It is allowed.
      Continuu talking rubbish.
      Because you or your family isnt affected.

    • A Real Nigerian

      February 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      CovertNigerian is making sense. You are the one who needs to shut up.

    • CovertNigerian

      February 23, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Insults are the refuge of an inferior mind. Disagree with or contradict the “rubbish” I’ve shared by offering an actual opinion, then we can have a conversation about the issues as we see them.
      If you think that asking SA businesses that employ thousands of Nigerians to leave is an appropriate response to what’s happening in SA you’re welcome to take that position but we will disagree on that. I’m not saying there should be no response, but cutting off the nose to spite the face is not wise.
      BTW, my family doesn’t have to be directly affected for me to feel empathy.

    • Ubokobong Akpan

      February 23, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      You’re just talking bulocks. When did it become a crime to reference a previous goodwill? The polarity of Nigerians is always our undoing. Either it is across ethnic or religious or political or just perceived lines, like your case. The lack of a consensus attitude is why we will always picks holes at efforts intended to liberate us. People with your size of brain were the ones who made an enemy out of Tuface. In all your grammar you didn’t proffer an alternative plan. You were just after sounding more reasonable and more socially tolerant than the other person.

    • A Real Nigerian

      February 23, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      “You’re just talking bulocks. When did it become a crime to reference a previous goodwill?”

      If you actually had a little bit of understanding, you would have been able to grasp what OP was alluding to. Bad attempt at derailing the argument.

      “The polarity of Nigerians is always our undoing. Either it is across ethnic or religious or political or just perceived lines, like your case. The lack of a consensus attitude is why we will always picks holes at efforts intended to liberate us.”

      This is an effort intended to liberate us? An attempt at vandalizing the properties of legitimate businesses? Hilarious. We actually do have a consensus attitude, but it’s towards corruption and hypocrisy. Where has that gotten us? Now you want a consensus attitude towards violence and shallow, pretentious patriotism? Laughable.

      “People with your size of brain were the ones who made an enemy out of Tuface. In all your grammar you didn’t proffer an alternative plan. You were just after sounding more reasonable and more socially tolerant than the other person.”

      What a wild, clumsy assertion to make. The fact that you think because someone disagrees with this violent, senseless excuse for a protest means they were also against TuFace verifies that you are far from being logical.
      And when did it become a crime to sound reasonable? Oh I forgot, you’re a Nigerian and you hate everything and anything that has to do with a reason.

    • A Real Nigerian

      February 23, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      -a

    • Ogbuefi

      February 24, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Well said, Covert Nigerian. Kudos to Bella Naija, for putting this story immediately after MTN Foundation story for people that have eyes to see. It is apparent that most of our youths need lot of mentoring. All hands must be on deck else we will have a ticking time bomb.. My sympathy goes to all that lost their lives and properties to the attacks. Nigerians should avoid volatile areas even as they go in search of greener pastures globally. Even in Nigeria here, many of us are not comfortable living & doing business in some areas due to safety/security concerns. Finally, FGN pls you need to put emergency response measures in place in SA (covertly) to save Nigerians whenever such happens. Long Live Nigerians.

  2. Daisy

    February 23, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    “Who is South Africa to humiliate Nigeria?”. And that’s where I stopped reading. Inasmuch as what’s happening is despicable,why do Nigerians always ask this question when dealing issues with other African Countries? Who is Kenya to humiliate Nigeria? Look at small Ghana treating Nigeria like…… Etc etc. Check your attitudes. You aren’t better than the next African Country. Being huge in population doesn’t necessarily make a country better. Even those who were the first to gain their independence from those bullies (whites) don’t go about belittling other countries. Pure balderdash of a question. And South Africa, if you know how to kill, the whites who considered you sub-humans are living nearest you. Foolish twerps.

    • peggy

      February 23, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      2And South Africa, if you know how to kill, the whites who considered you sub-humans are living nearest you. Foolish twerps.” I like that

    • john

      February 23, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      i will say this to you if you don’t know they are called giant of africa so just go back to bed and sleep off your ass.

  3. Miss Pee

    February 23, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    We will continue to remind them of our contribution to their freedom as long as they continue to threaten the existence of Nigerian businesses and humiliate the lives of Nigerians in South Africa. Maybe a friend doesn’t need a reminder of how they’ve been helped in the past, but at least one good turn deserves another. These people clearly have no consideration for diplomatic ties and this issue is becoming too frequent. It is not the first time, why does it keep coming up, why is it even a problem? A number of S.A businesses in Nigeria clearly exploit Nigerians but they’ve been allowed to thrive. If they have a problem with Nigerians or foreigners, there are ways to go about it…they can pass a referendum or smth but enough is enough really.

  4. Sisi

    February 23, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    This is incitement and should be dealt with appropriately. This person sounds like a thug – education or no education.

  5. jean17

    February 23, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    These miscreants protesting better go and take several seats…Though I disagree with what the South Africans did, they did not act without cause.

    A lot of Nigerians go to other countries to commit crimes and give the honest ones amongst them a bad name, and now you are protesting.

    Tell them to leave Na, the thousands of staff that they provide jobs for(which your beloved Nigerian government) will come and sit in your houses after they have lost their jobs.

    Educated lot my foot!

  6. jean17

    February 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    (which your beloved Nigerian Government has failed to do)

    • Wisdom

      February 23, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Sure we will leave the same way your stupid companies will leave us… rubbish

  7. Wisdom

    February 23, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    People that comment on this blog surprise me. Nigerians are being killed and have been killed in South Africa and nothing tangible has been done and you stand there on your tower of “when they go low, we go high” spewing nonsense. I am convinced the idiots against the NANS movement are not Nigerian. Just imagine the retaliation that would have taken place if American citizens were being treated the way Nigerians are being treated now in South Africa. If the foolish Nigerian government will continue allowing Nigerians be himilated outside, we the Nigerian people will not allow it. Enough is enough..

  8. Ob

    February 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Unfortunately for this NANS president, Nigeria would lose more from South African companies leaving because the number of people they employ can’t be compared to most small businesses that are in South Africa being attacked. If they were big corporations, no one will dare attack them. South Africans will definitely not got to a Dangote company in South Africa and destroy it.
    Is best other solutions are found because this threat by a supposedly student body, is embarrassing. Nigeria no longer has any power in the international community. We’ve over underdeveloped our country.

  9. BongsZulu of South Africa

    February 23, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    You contributed to 80% of our freedom? You are either out of your mind or you are high on very strong stuff! GTFOH. Brotherly advice: It’s only a handful of SA citizens that took part on these acts that are allegedly against drug dealers, it’s even a smaller crowd that participated in the “xenophobic” attacks before. Majority of us South Africans have always condemned these heinous, barbaric acts.Now F&%CK around and incite the whole SA populace!

    • swerve ho!

      February 24, 2017 at 6:57 am

      Stfu!

  10. Weezy

    February 23, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    He makes a lot of sense actually. In most civilized countries, if the citizens targetted a specific group of foreigners in the way that South Africans have done, there would be a diplomatic incident. Look at how the president of Mexico is being pressured by his own people to stand up to Trump. Countries that respect themselves push back against discimination of their citizens.

    The Nigerian government does not respect Nigerians and does not see its citizens as worth defending. And don’t give me some racist bull about how Nigerians in South Africa are criminals. If it is true, that is for the POLICE in South Africa to deal with, not for hoodlums to go and burn CHURCHES and businesses. But really, people on the internet have no proof that the owners of the church or business is a criminal. Its sad how Nigerians themselves will be excusing xenophobia and saying your own people deserve it.

    • unbeatable

      February 23, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      tHANK YOU MY DEAR; I´m tired of Nigerians saying shit about themselves and still blame the Govt for not loving them. Whatwill be done to Nigerians to make them feel good about themselves? Do you know the crimes this SA companies and other foreigners are committing in Nigeria??? Are all Nigerians in SA into drugs? Besides whats their law enforcement agencies there for?? It is even more painful that it is the Black SAfricans who come for Nigerians and yet whenever anything comes up Nigeria is first to stand up to defend them.

      I have noticed that Nigerians have got no singular hatred for any African Country but the Hatred they receive back is alarming all in the name of they commit crime so yáll are not for once guilty of any crimes??? The earlier Africans start accepting diplomatic ties to build Africa the better and whether we like it or not Nigeria has got a huge role to play in Africa development.

  11. Simple

    February 23, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    D guy has just said his mind & he feels dat is d way out so y al d grammar? u sef bring ur own idea nah #convertNigeria.

  12. manny

    February 23, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    i don gerrit, all S.A companies keh? What about multichoice? So I shouldn’t watch DSTV again because some people don’t like Nigerians in their country?

    • Ify

      February 24, 2017 at 3:21 am

      Did you even skim the article?

  13. Funsho

    February 23, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I visited SA recently and I must say I was so culture shocked

    These pple r hypocrites

    They have white people that have taken over their lands they are doing yes sir for them

    Meanwhile they are destroying Nigerians tell me about displacement of al time.

    We black’s have been brain washed to hate ourselves

    Kmt

  14. sholly

    February 24, 2017 at 12:45 am

    they are thief and drug addicts ,they dont have money for drugs and they need to snif drugs ,equally have it in mind that all nigerian living in south africa are drug dealer,this is what it will result to , first and formost they are not law enforcement agency ,but their aim have been disclosed by looting the shops , mind you sa have a very good networking as regards to security , but they fold their arms forgeting they have their brothers outside their country as well ,prety bad sa police.kudos to nans ride on .south african greatest hubby is oooooooooolllllllllllllleeeeeeeee. nigeria government need to stand firm and tackle this issue once and for all .

  15. nunulicious

    February 24, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Those who understand history would understand when I say I am glad that Student Associations in Nigeria are waking up. Gehn ghen, there is a rumble in Nigeria, politicians, are you listening? We are coming for you…

    I laughed when I read the him say .”..I don’t want to say we will be barbaric but we will not be lawful in our actions,..” that is an oxymoron isn’t it?

    p.s: I do not support violence and pulling down “MTN’s mast” and “Shoprite” is not likely to achieve anything concrete but that statement and press conference is definitely gonna get the attention of the powers that be. Maybe then they can star to value our lives.
    Lol, good tactic!

  16. nunulicious

    February 24, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Those who understand history would understand when I say I am glad that Student Associations in Nigeria are waking up. Gehn ghen, there is a rumble in Nigeria, politicians, are you listening? We are coming for you…

    I laughed when I read the him say .”..I don’t want to say we will be barbaric but we will not be lawful in our actions,..” that is an oxymoron isn’t it?

    p.s: I do not support violence and pulling down “MTN’s mast” and “Shoprite” is not likely to achieve anything concrete but that statement and press conference is definitely gonna get the attention of the powers that be. Maybe then they can star to value our lives.
    Lol, good tactic!

  17. Mikeolysis

    February 24, 2017 at 5:06 am

    This is diplomacy People.
    You affect my interest, i use ” whatever means necessary” to protect my interest. The people of NANS are known to be radical in their means. Let them be, they have a cause worth fighting for.
    S.Africans went low, well i would have to stoop a little bit low to your level, to help you up, out of whatever pit it is you fell in albeit soiling my clothes while at it.

    P.s. i would remind you a billion times if need be, of the favours i did you in the past. Just incase you developed Alzheimers suddenly.

  18. Cindylove

    February 24, 2017 at 6:37 am

    What if every country sent out the non-nationals? And who are the nationals anyway? I do not believe in xenophobia neither do I believe in an eye for an eye. But South Africans need to understand that there is a bigger world beyond their country. An average South African does not study beyond Matric so how do they expect to get well paying jobs…on top of that they would rather give birth and benefit from welfare than waking up to work everyday. Many people go to various countries to better their financial situation including the South Africans but not necessarily to “steal” nationals’ jobs. I do not think there is a country that will employ a foreigner for a job that a national can do. Let’s get real, go to school, find a job, hustle like everyone does all over the world. The opportunities may not be the same but they are definitely there.

  19. Londi

    February 24, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Interesting Posts. Well the jobs that South Africans are killing foreigners for mostly are for Security Guards, Helpers or Housemaids, Petrol Attendants, Waiters or other restaurant jobs, Factory jobs etc. I saw this on a report posted on MSN and a comment from the South African politicians saying they will visit Fuel Garages to find out why the owners are employing foreigners instead of the local South Africans. South Africans are also complaining that foreigners are taking their women kkkkk this is hilarious. Well I personally have friends relatives neighbors who are either a foreign woman or foreign man married to a South African Partner and these couples even laugh about this whole nonsense of foreigners taking South African woman. May the Lord help South Africans and all Foreigners and Foreign countries to resolve this mess without losing any more lives and may Africa unite. Violence and burning Pakistan and Somailian Businesses of Spaza shops and looting them in the name of Xenophobia seems like criminal activity itself. Unfortunately innocent foreigners are also caught up in this and even killed this is chaotic.

  20. Darl

    February 24, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Good talk @ Cindylove. You simply spoke my mind. Unfortunately, what some of the S.Africans may not understand is that the violence is not enough to completely force non-nationals out of their country, besides there is no guarantee that their livelihood would improve in the absence of foreigners. The xenophobic attacks is like chasing shadows. What they need is to get better prepared and equipped intellectually to out compete the foreigners in all ramifications. They should look inwards and discover their flaws and lapses and position themselves to take over their country. Do you wonder why we Nigerians are not complaining about foreigners overrunning us, despite our porous borders and weak law enforcement? the truth remains that its will require an extraordinarily smart foreigner to thrive in the competitive Nigerian environment. the competition is stiff enough to send you back home unless you are well prepared for it. That’s how the world is. its the survival of the fittest. The more black S.Africans get fit for global competition, the less foreigners can thrive in their country. So, Isn’t it better to focus on education and developing the citizens instead of violent and barbaric conduct.

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