NANS Vows To Deal With South Africa Over Xenophobic Attack

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) said it has concluded plans to deal with South Africans in Nigeria and their saboteurs against the resurgent xenophobic attacks on Nigerian businesses in South Africa.

The NANS National President, Danielson Akpan, in an interview, said the students’ body would “hit them (South Africans) like tsunami.”

He urged the country to expect the reaction of NANS in the “coming days.”

There had been another round of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians since last Wednesday when some South African nationals burnt down foreign-owned shops in the Pretoria Central Business District.

It had been reported that there was violent shooting and burning of foreign-owned shops and offices which were targeted by angry taxi driver rioters.

The President of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, in a release, had later noted that two Nigerian-owned businesses were identified to be affected which were a furniture and electronics shop and a Gold Exchange business.

The marked foreign-owned businesses included a Nigerian-owned private clinic, a motor spares shop and a Nigerian church among others.

The NANS President said: “We are finalising our plans and we will hit them like tsunami. We will also deal with saboteurs. Just expect our reactions in the coming days.”

NANS had last month picketed South African businesses in various locations including Ilorin, Kwara State, to protest against the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.

The students’ body had on July 15 announced the start of a nationwide protest over Xenophobia, saying it was disappointed in the way the Federal Government dragged on the attacks.

The President had added that its nationwide protests were to demand the intervention of the international community on the killings.

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