*Xenophobia: Don’t use MTN, other South African goods, services —Oshiomhole
A new twist has been added to the ongoing outrage occasioned by xenophobic attacks in South Africa, as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday, asked the Federal Government to take over businesses belonging to South Africans in the country.
The party made the call after an emergency meeting of its National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja on Thursday, adding that the Federal Government should ensure a complete takeover of Shoprite, MTN and other South African businesses in the country by Nigerians.
The ruling party also called for the revocation of licenses of banks owned by the South Africans in Nigeria.
The banks include Stanbic IBTC and Standard Chartered banks.
In the same vein, the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole urged Nigerians to boycott South African goods and services to protest the killings of Nigerians and other nationals living in that country.
Oshiomhole gave the advice at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.
He recalled that over the past one year, Nigerians have been maltreated in one part of South Africa or the other.
“This is the time to show commitment to our citizens and show sympathy to our loved ones.
“This can be done by boycotting South African goods and services beginning with Nigerians refusing to use MTN mobile network.
“Happily, we have indigenous network such as Glo, Airtel and I believe 9Mobile is still standing by.
“If Nigerians boycott the goods and services at least for 30 days; first, to stop using MTN network services, it will send a clear message.
“We have to review all of those things that give South African companies monopoly in which it makes money with very little value addition.
“We think that these steps will be appropriate message to South African government to offer satisfactory explanation.
“It should also pay compensations to those innocent Nigerians whose properties have been looted.
“South African Airways should be stopped, its landing right should be withdrawn and should not have the right to fly any part of Nigeria until these issues are resolved.
“We must protect Nigeria’s image, its citizens and businesses wherever they are,” he said.