The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has warned the South African government that her citizens and businesses in Nigeria risked reprisal attacks if the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and their businesses in the country were not stopped.
A statement issued by the association in Abuja on Saturday signed by its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Nwankwo Ezekiel, warned that South African investments and citizens in Nigeria would face reprisal attacks if the ongoing xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and their businesses in South Africa were not stopped.
It, therefore, gave the South African Government seven days ultimatum to stop the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans resident in that country.
The statement said: “ It is with deep sense of sadness and brotherhood that we are urging the South African Government to ensure an urgent solution and bring to an end attacks on our own citizens and their businesses within the next seven days.
“ NANS condemns the sudden surge of attacks and deaths of our brothers and sisters and loss of their properties in South Africa as a result of xenophobia attacks.
“If the attacks and looting are not stopped within seven days, we will be left with no alternative than to go against all the South African investments in our noble country, Nigeria.
“We will not stop at this but will go further and make all South Africa citizens residing in our country uncomfortable.’’
It would be recalled that an outbreak of xenophobic or anti-immigration attacks recently took place in South Africa in which some South Africans have accused foreign nationals of taking jobs and opportunities away from them.
The violence which started two weeks ago in April in the port city of Durban, claiming the lives of six people so far, targeting Nigerian and other nationals and their businesses in the country.
According to Al-Jazeera,in Johannesburg on Friday, a number of foreigners’ shops in the Central Business District were reported to have been looted and vandalized by South African shouting “Foreigners must leave slogans,’’ brandishing hammers and axes, blocking roads and burning car tyres billowing huge smoke.