The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have shut down the main offices of MTN and DSTV in Benue in protest of several murders of Nigerians in South Africa.
NANS Deputy Zonal Coordinator, Zone C, Abah Owoicho, who led the protest on Thursday apart from the shut down also presented a letter of protest to the companies.
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The letter which was titled: “Position of NANS on Xenophobic Attack on Nigerians in South Africa’’ read in part, “Since Nigerians living in South Africa cannot enjoy the same peace and support that South African businesses are enjoying here, it is only reasonable to shut down those businesses and their interests until further notice,’’ he said.
“It has become necessary for NANS to rise to the occasion and speak against the killings that have continued with no visible attempt by the South African Government to curb the menace.
“Our pain is deeply rooted in the peace and patronages your organisations and other South African businesses enjoy in our country while the safety of our citizens and their businesses cannot be guaranteed in South Africa,’’ he said.
“We also remembered the apartheid struggle, Nigeria was very instrumental to the ending of the policy but today they are paying us with evil.
“It is very painful to see that Nigeria that supported South Africa to gain independence is not being respected today.
“We can no longer stand and watch while our citizens are being massacred.
“We believe that the international community is also watching these developments,’’ he said.
Vera Ube, MTN Connect Manager in Makurdi, received the protest letter on behalf of MTN saying the management and staff of MTN were not in support of the killings as it had condemned such anti-development actions any time they occurred.
“It is unfortunate that our people are being killed in South Africa, the management of MTN is not happy and we are not in support of the killings in South Africa.’’ (NAN)