Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), yesterday shut down Shoprite mall in Ota, Ogun State over the continuous Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
The protesting students stormed the South-African-owned mall at about 11 am Saturday with placards carrying different inscriptions like- “Enough of the killing of our brothers, sisters and relatives”, “You can’t continue to kill our people and still feed fat on us”, “South Africans must go” and many others.
Azeez Adeyemi, the National Public Relations Officer of NANS who spoke on behalf of the protesting students, said-
“NANS’ leadership under its President, Mr Danielson Bamidele, have resolved to champion the struggle of 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 Nigerians 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 Aug. 14 for a total shut down. This is a struggle that will continue until the victory of purpose is achieved,” Adeyemi said.
In a similar incident on Thursday, August 8th, protesting students picketed DSTV, MTN and Stanbic IBTC bank offices in Abeokuta and Adamawa to express their grievances over the relentless killings of Nigerians in South Africa.