The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged Nigerians to stop patronising South African investments over the incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals.
The Students group, during a protest in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital on Thursday, also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the stoppage of the killings of Nigerians in South African with immediate effect.
The protest was done in conjunction with the National Coalition for Yoruba Youth and Students.
The students protested from Ijigbo area of the state capital to the popular Fajuyi Park, which affected the free flow of traffic along Ijigbo- Basiri highway for over an hour.
Addressing the crowd, Leaders of the protesting students Comrade Sunday Ashefon and Ojo Raymond, said the South Africans must, ” halt their barbaric act and to show that Nigerian students would not tolerate the violence against Nigerians living in South Africa.”
Raymond, who is Vice Chairman of NANS/JCC Ekiti zone expressed concern over the incessant killings of Nigerians while urging Nigerian citizens to stop patronising MTN, DSTV, Stanbic IBTC Bank and other investments owned by South Africans in Nigeria.
He advised consumers to move over to alternative network providers in the country.
“You can’t be killing Nigerians and be expecting patronage for their businesses. Nigerians remain the major consumers of South African Companies’ products, is this the best way to pay us back ? ” he asked.
The President of National Coalition of Yoruba youth and students, Comrade Ashefon, called for the immediate release of the 36 persons arrested during similar anti-xenophobic protests in Lagos.
He declared that the trend was unacceptable to the youths in Nigeria, saying that South African Police did not deem it fit to curb the menace, which he said showed alleged compromise and tacit support for crimes.
He said, “Nigerians in South Africa deserved to be treated with dignity, respect, freedom and mostly be protected from further provocation, looting and killings.
“The Protest against Xenophobic attacks in South Africa by various organizations across Africa has continued to linger while citizens are expecting the authority to arrest the situation. This is the best they can do under this situation.”