The South African government has been given 48 hours to stop xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals and their shops or else their companies abroad will be shut down.
An official with the newly elected All Progressive Congress (APC), Tolu Adesanya, confirmed to eNCA that they handed down a memorandum to the South African embassy in Lagos on Wednesday.
In the memorandum, the APC party officials and members of civil society groups have demanded that South Africa take swift action against attacks on foreign nationals.
Adesanya said that Nigeria will shut down South African businesses if their demands are not met by South Africa.
“We actually handed a letter to the South African embassy yesterday, making them aware that we are not happy with what is going on in South Africa. Should there be any more attacks, we are going to shut down South African businesses in Nigeria. That is MTN, Multi Choice, Shoprite etc,” said APC official Tolu Adesanya.
Meanwhile youths in Nigeria on Thursday April 16, led a peaceful protest march to the South African Embassy in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The youths were protesting against the ongoing massacre of foreigners, which includes Nigerians in the Durban region of the former apartheid nation.
The youths carried placards with words: #Stop the killing in South Africa, we are one United Africa#, #stopTheKillings#, #stopxenophobiasa#.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Olusesan Daini, the co-convener of the protest, said they are not happy with the killings in South Africa and that is why they are leading a peaceful protest.
“We are here to drop a letter through the South African Embassy in Nigeria to South Africa government showing our dissatisfaction in the way our brothers and sisters are being treated in South Africa. When we say our brothers and sisters we do not refer to Nigerians alone but we are talking about our race in general which is the black race.
“We equally want to use this opportunity to remind South Africans that we consider them to be part of us and they should stop the killings. It is so unfortunate if they consider us to be enemy of progress. We want you to communicate to the South African government that we are not pleased with the ways our people are being treated,” Daini said.
He added that, some Nigerians have really invested in South Africa, forcing them out of country will result in more protests. “The government should restore peace in South Africa. We want peace in South Africa and in Nigeria,” he said.