Xenophobia – NANS Shuts down Shoprite Mall

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The campaign against Xenophobic act being perpetrated against Nigerians residing in South Africa has taken an unexpected dimension.

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has waded fully into the struggle. They have vowed to instil senses into South Africans.

On Saturday, the association shutdown South Africa’s grocery chain, Shoprite at Ota in Ogun State.

The students took to the shopping mall in mass to protest against the incessant and what they described as unrestrained xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa as reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Lots of Nigerians residing in South Africa have lost their lives recently in apparent xenophobic attacks by South Africans.

The shutdown of the Shoprite mall in Ota by the students apex association took place around 11am in the presence of police officers.

The inscription on placard carried by the students read:

“South Africans must go. You can’t continue to kill our people and still feed fat on us.’’

Mr Azeez Adeyemi, the national public relations officer (PRO) of NANS while speaking during the protest said,
“NANS’ leadership under its president, Danielson Bamidele, have resolved to champion the struggle of putting sense back into lawless South Africans.

“It seems the government of South Africa derives pleasure from the senseless killings and sees the continuous xenophobic attacks on Nigerians residents in South Africa as a norm.

“NANS’ struggle against xenophobia has moved beyond ordinary street protests.
“Our target now is to mobilise Nigerian students and Nigerians towards truncating the smooth running of South African businesses in Nigeria.

“We shall resume here at Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, MTN and Multichoice on August 14 for a total shut down.

“This is a struggle that will continue until victory of purpose is achieved,” Mr Adeyemi said.

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