The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has called on the federal government to nationalise South African-owned companies in Nigeria.
Oshiomhole made the call in Abuja on Thursday night when he addressed the media on the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa. He said Nigeria can no longer continue to condone xenophobic attacks on her citizens and called for stringent actions against companies such as DSTV, MTN, Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic Bank and others.
” It is worthy for the Nigerian government to take steps to take over the remaining shares of MTN that are own by South Africans so that MTN becomes fully Nigerian own.
” I think right away Nigerians in our individual capacity this is the moment to show commitment to our citizens and show sympathy to those who have lost their loved one by boycotting South African goods and businesses beginning with Nigerians refusing from today to use MTN services.
” Happily we have an indigenous network like Glo and Aitel. If Nigerians decide at least for the next 30 days as the first step to stop using MTN, they would have sent a clear message and pay a befitting tribute to the lives of those that have wasted in a very crude and barbaric manner by the South African authorities.
“Having listened to all the explanations from the authorities in South Africa, these people (Nigerians) are neither being accused of being irregular migrants nor are they involved in any illegal activities. Those who have business permits to setup businesses whether they are petty traders or small manufacturers, they are operating within the letters of the laws of the South African” Oshiomhole said.