The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) shut down South Africa’s grocery chain, Shoprite, in Ota, Ogun State, on Saturday, after Nigerian students took to the shopping mall to protest what they described as recurring Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa in recent years.
The Shoprite mall was shut down around 11:10 a.m. and shoppers were ordered out when students carrying placards with the words, “South Africans must go!” “Enough of the killing of our brothers, sisters and relatives in South Africa!” “You can’t continue to kill our people and still feed fat on us!’’ invaded the mall.
The Public Relations Officer of NANS, Azeez Adeyemi, said that the association, under the leadership of Danielson Bamidele, has finally resolved to take up the struggle and become the voice of those interested in 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 Nigerian 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,” Adeyemi said.
According to reports, a large number of young Nigerians residing in South Africa have been killed in apparent Xenophobic attacks in the former apartheid nation.