The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Thursday staged a protest to the South African High Commission in Abuja where they also burned the country’s national flag.
The students, led by their president, Aruna Kadiri, moved from the popular Unity Fountain to MTN office in Maitama and Multi-Choice office located at the Central Business District to protest against the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
The protesting students also issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the South African nationals to leave Nigeria or face the music.
At the ministry of Foreign Affairs, the students urged the government to take concrete action to protect Nigerians in South Africa.
Kadiri, while addressing newsmen, said “We are demanding that they should break the ties between both countries if there’s any because the xenophobic attacks that had happened long time ago has come again.
“We have decided to clear the madness with madness.”
He said they burned the South African flag at the High Commission to pass a message that “we don’t have relationship with them any longer.”
“Within 48 hours, all South Africans in Nigeria should leave or else, we won’t be able to guarantee their security anymore,” Kadiri said.
Kadiri has also issued a warning to all South African firms in Nigeria, asking them to vacate in 48 hours or face the consequences
“We are saying that enough is enough as South Africans have openly attacked and bullied Nigerians.’’
The protest would also serve as a warning to other countries trying to underrate Nigerians, he said, adding that if nothing was done after 48 hours, messages would be sent to students in all university campuses to bring down MTN masts all over the country.
Aruna said that DSTV and Shoprite would also be affected as the union had put adequate strategies in place to make the action effective.
Responding to the protest, the spokesperson of Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs ministry, Clement Aduku urged the protesting students to be calm as the federal government is currently engaging in talks with its South African counterpart over the xenophobic attacks.
He also assured that all diplomatic means would be explored to stop the killings of Nigerian nationals in South Africa.