The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, has called on the federal government to nationalize South African-owned businesses in Nigeria.
This is coming days after Nigerians and their businesses were attacked by South Africans in a recent xenophobic attack.
Oshiomhole who was speaking at the emergency National Working Committee (NWC) meeting of the APC in Abuja on Thursday, September 5, said a boycott of MTN which is one of the South African owned businesses in Nigeria, will send a strong message.
“In order to send a very strong message to South African authorities and the South African people, it is worth it for the Nigerian government to take steps to take over the remaining shares of MTN that are owned by South Africans so that MTN becomes fully Nigeria-owned," Oshiomhole said.
“If Nigeria decides at least for the next 30 days to stop using MTN, they would have sent a clear message."
The former Governor of Edo State also suggested that licenses granted to banks owned by South Africans in the country be revoked by the government.
"We should no longer sacrifice our own national interest just because we want to be the big brother of a people that does not recognize the role, the enormous and the huge sacrifices that our country has made over the years to protect and defend the interest of the African continent," He added
“While South African government is envious of the small businesses which Nigerians are involved in South Africa, South African companies are making billions of dollars from the Nigerian economy year in year out and repatriating same out of Nigeria.
Days after the most recent of several attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners, it remains to be seen the big steps the Nigerian Government will take in trying to put a stop to the attacks on its citizens.