Xenophobia: NANS threatens to shut down South African Embassy, businesses

THE leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Thursday threatened to shut down the South African Embassy in Nigeria.

The students’ body also threatened to close down DSTV and MTN, among other business operated by South Africans in Nigeria.

The is coming on the heels of xenophobic killings of Nigerians in South Africa.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja, NANS President Danielson Akpan condemned the recent killing of Mrs Elizabeth Ndubuisi in her hotel room in South Africa while attending a seminar.

The late Mrs Ndubuisi, who was said to be the Deputy Director General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), was found dead in her room at Emperor’s Palace Casino, Hotel and Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Akpan threatened to mobilise the over 40 million Nigerian students to shut down South African businesses in Nigeria to protest the incessant killings of Nigerians in the country.

He said: “The rascality of South Africans has got to an alarming state. As at today, official record of Nigerians killed in South Africa has risen to 127.

“These are human beings, these are Nigerians. Unfortunately, this figure is just the confirmed and official figure, not to talk about the ones swept under the carpet.

“On June 23, Mrs Elizabeth Ndubuisi was strangulated in her hotel room (Emperor’s Palace Hotel & Convention Centre) in Johannesburg, South Africa. She’s the Deputy Director General of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN).

“Consequently, we shall be shutting down all South African reflections in Nigeria: Embassy, DSTV, SHOPRITE, MTN and many more.

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“Since South Africans do not want us in their country, they should leave our land.”

The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had assured the nation that everything would be done to unravel the death of the late Mrs Ndubuisi.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, in a tweet on July 7, said no cover-up would be allowed by Nigeria.

She had tweeted: “Everything will be done to unravel the death of such a great woman. Our mission in Johannesburg will ensure that. We will not relent. I’m demanding this.

“No cover-up will be allowed. I have faith in our mission in Jo’burg. Investigations will be thorough. It’s a painful period. We must ensure matter unravelled.

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