Xenophobic South Africa: Protest at MTN Headquarters Benin City
Business activities at MTN (a South African company) office along Murtala Mohammed Way in Benin City were earlier today, Monday 20 April 2015 brought to a standstill when livid Nigeria youths, who came to express outrage over the xenophobic killings in South Africa.
The protesters, who blocked the entrance to the MTN office, were carrying Placards with inscriptions such as “Xenophobia is Inhuman,” “Zuma Call Your Boys to Order,” “South Africans can’t be making money from us and be Killing us,” “Nigerians boycott South Africa companies.”
“We are all Africans. We wonder why they should attack our fellow Nigerians who are doing their legitimate businesses in South Africa, when we have shown them love to operate in Nigeria.
“We have come here to say to (President Jacob) Zuma to call his people to order because if he fails to call them to order we will do the needful. We are aware of all their businesses in Nigeria. We know of MTN, we know of Shoprite; we know of Multichoice Company and we know of every other companies that belong to South Africa,” said Austin Enabulele, Spokesperson for the protesters.
“We will shut down all their services if they continue the killing of our brothers and sisters. So, we have come here to tell them to put an end to the killing of our brothers and sisters who are doing their legitimate jobs in South Africa,” he said.
The Vice President of the group, Gloria Noren, said: “We have videos of Nigerians that have been killed, I personally watched the video. How can someone come out to say that we are taking their jobs from them? What about the money they are making from us?
“Nigeria spent over N60 billion fighting apartheid for them. Why should we extend love to them and they extend hatred to us. It is totally inhuman, distasteful, it is disgusting.
“We are sending this message to our Nigerian government to go ahead and retrieve all Nigerians from South Africa because we cannot keep losing our brethren.”
We understand that Nigerian government has started the process of bringing back Nigerian citizens back to Nigeria from South Africa.
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