The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday again come out strongly to condemn the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa even as it urged the federal government to go a step further to nationalize other business franchise of South Africa.
He said MTN, DsTv, Standard Chartered Bank and other lucrative businesses owned by South Africans, must be taken over
Addressing journalists on Thursday after an emergency National Working Committee meeting in Abuja on Thursday the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole accused the South African government of tacitly endorsing the attacks by their citizens on foreign nationals.
Oshiomhole dismissed the explanation of the South African authorities even as he insisted that Nigerians who are doing business in the country were doing so legally.
“Having listened to all the explanations from the authorities in South Africa, these people are neither being accused of being irregular migrants nor are they involved in any illegal activities. Those who have a business permit to setup businesses whether they are pretty traders or small manufacturers, they are operating within the letters of the law of the South African nation.
“Over the past one year and virtually every other week, Nigerians are being wasted in one part of South Africa or the other. we know that the federal government has had conversations with the South African authorities drawing their attention to this abuses but the escalation of the attack on foreigners many of who are Nigerians have reached a level that is no longer tolerable.
“At some point, people wonder whether these attacks had the backing of the South African government. What is clear over the period is that the South African authorities have not demonstrated sufficient commitment to bring these attacks to an end.
“South African companies are making billions of dollars from the Nigerian economy year in year out and repatriate same out of Nigeria. MTN was recently in the stock market and some Nigerians bought shares in MTN but I can in moment like this and in order to send a very strong message to South African authorities and South African people, Nigeria government to take steps to over the remaining shares of MTN that are owned by South African so that MTN become fully Nigeria owned.