The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have given all South African companies seven days to stop their operations and move out of the country.
Companies such as MTN Nigeria, Multichoice, Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC and other South African companies have been issued the ultimatum.
The press conference which the ultimatum was issued, was addressed by the leadership of NANS and the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), came as a result of the incessant attacks and murder of Nigerians in South Africa.
According to the President of NANS, Comrade Danielson Akpan, these companies linked to South Africa must leave Nigeria in their interest as the students can no longer tolerate the incessant harassment, brutalisation and killing of Nigerians in South Africa.
“We, therefore, wish to officially ask all South African-owned businesses in Nigeria to relocate in the next seven days. We specifically want Multichoice, MTN, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Shoprite and others to close their businesses in their interest within seven days.”
“We have consistently maintained that diplomacy has failed in addressing the xenophobic question. We have heard and seen diplomatic measures put in place without any sincere action taken by the South African government. We have seen again that the people of South Africa are not committed to peaceful coexistence with other nationals, hence the wanton killings and destruction of other Africans.”
He further added that;
“We have now come to a point where the action is required to safeguard Nigerians and enforce their dignity. To this end, we announce the commencement of Operation Clampdown on South Africans and their businesses in Nigeria.”
The Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said that President Muhammadu Buhari has concluded arrangements to meet with the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, over the continued killing of Nigerians living in South Africa through xenophobic attacks.
She explained that the situation in South Africa on the attacks have reached an alarming level where decisive action must be taken to avoid further degeneration.
According to the chairperson of NIDCOM
“Until about 2016, we have had 118 Nigerians killed in South Africa. Between 2018 and today, 88 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa. Out of this 88, 25 were cases of Nigerians killing Nigerians and we have had the case of Mrs Elizabeth Chukwue who went to South Africa for a conference and was murdered in her hotel room.”
The NIDCOM chair further demanded a full investigation into the cases of eight policemen who are currently being investigated in South Africa for their involvement in killings of Nigerians.