The National Association of Nigerian Students on Saturday shut down South Africa’s grocery chain, Shoprite, at Ota in Ogun State.
A News Agency of Nigeria Correspondent in Ota reports that the students picketed the shopping mall to protest what they described as “unrestrained xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.”
Scores of young Nigerians residing in South Africa have been brought home in body bags in recent years, having been killed in apparent xenophobic attacks in the former apartheid nation.
The Shoprite mall was shut down around 11:10 a.m. in the presence of policemen, with shoppers hurriedly ordered out of the mall.
The students carried placards with inscriptions: “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.’’
Speaking with reporters, the National Public Relations Officer of NANS, Mr. Azeez Adeyemi, said that “NANS’ leadership under its President, Mr. Danielson Bamidele, has 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 resident in South Africa as a norm.
“NANS’ struggle against xenophobia has moved beyond ordinary street protests.