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Xenophobia: Nigerian consumer group’s ultimatum to South Africa expires today

Xenophobia: Nigerian consumer group’s ultimatum to South Africa expires today
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A 40-day ultimatum issued by a Nigerian consumer group threatening to campaign for the boycott of South African businesses in Nigeria following xenophobic attacks on Nigerians, expires today.
Consumer Rights Advancement Organisation (CRADO), a consumer group, had in a letter to the South African government flayed the recent spate of xenophobic attacks by her nationals on Nigerians and other African foreigners living in the country.
In the wake of the attacks, the rights advancement group’s called on the government of South Africa to stop the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other blacks in South Africa, and subsequently issued the ultimatum, which ends today.
According to CRADO, if swift action is not taken by the South African government to bring a lasting solution to the menace, the consumer group threatened that prominent South African investments including MTN, the leading local mobile telephone operator; Shoprite, the top shopping chain and Multichoice /DSTV, the leading pay TV service, would be closed down indefinitely within Nigeria. The group also threatened to call for boycott of Protea Hotels as well as Stanbic-IBTC Bank in the country.
The group said in a statement said that ‘’all consumers of product and services in Nigeria will begin a non-violent protest of a total patronage boycott of South African business in Nigeria.’’
In a letter signed by CRADO President, Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, and addressed to the South African High Commission in Nigeria, which was made available to Technology Times, the consumer group says that if by today June 30 2015, there is no abatement in the attacks, stringent actions would be taken, “as we no longer turn deaf ears to this crime against our fellow countrymen and humanity at large.”

[blockquote right=”pull-right”]“In a letter signed by CRADO President, Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, and addressed to the South African High Commission in Nigeria, which was made available to Technology Times, the consumer group says that if by today June 30 2015, there is no abatement in the attacks, stringent actions would be taken, “as we no longer turn deaf ears to this crime against our fellow countrymen and humanity at large.” [/blockquote]

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CRADO says that attacks by South Africans on other blacks date back a decade ago when South Africans launched attack on several Africans residing in the country.
The group further cites that in the wake of the attacks in South Africa, other African nations have joined the campaign to stop what it cites as “wicked acts.”
‘’In Zambia, a local radio station QFM said it will not play South Africa music on its station’’, CRADO says.
Also in Mozambique, South Africans energy and chemical giant Sasol has sent about 340 South Africa nationals home, the group adds.
CRADO is concerned that, “in the last 10 years, xenophobic /Afro phobic attacks, killing, burning looting and vandalization of business interest of non-South African blacks have become a growing worrisome concern and common knowledge to some African country like Somalia , Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia and others.’’
Ogunbanjo adds that, ‘’South Africans must remember that the Federal Government of Nigeria and indeed Nigeria men and women played in a major role materially and financially during the apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa.’’
According to local reports the recent attack on Nigerians was spear headed by Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini when he said at a gathering that foreigners should pack their bags and go because they are taking jobs from South African citizens.
Although the South Africa government says it frowns at the act but the Nigerian consumer group insists that if the government does not find a lasting solution to the problem, “businesses and investment should expect same or even more, should the attack continue.”
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