A former governor of Abia state and the Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu has called for the closing down of South African owned companies in Nigeria if the government of South Africa fails to stop xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in that country.
Kalu made the call on Tuesday in a statement issued by his media office. He condemned attacks on Nigerians and their business and queried the rationale for the attacks.
“The gruesome killings, looting, arson of properties belonging to Nigerians and attack of Nigerian Embassy in South Africa is ill-conceived, disheartening and wicked.”
“How can any sensible person attack and burn a fellow human being just because he or she has a feeling to do so? Those mindless criminals who attacked and prevented law abiding Nigerians to freely conduct their businesses must be made to pay for their crimes. Arresting them is not enough” he said.
“If the South African government does not do more to protect the lives of Nigerians, there should be no reason to allow them to operate freely in Nigeria. All their enterprises deserve to be closed down including MTN, DSTV, Shoprite, among others.
“In the spirit of brotherhood, we have supported them. Our doors have always been opened, but it’s time we retaliate by shutting our doors” he added.
The senator commended president Muhammadu Buhari for dispatching a special envoy to South Africa and called on the federal government to hasten their intervention and institute stiffer measures against South Africa over the endless xenophobic attacks.