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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lagos students join xenophobia protest, threatens showdown with South African investments



The University of Lagos Students’ Union (ULSU) has threatened to boycott all South African products if the barbaric massacre of innocent souls are not stopped by close of work today, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, reports ITRealms.

President, ULSU, Comrade Abiodun Martins, made this disclosure after the protests in Lagos on Monday on the xenophobia attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. He condemned the attacks wondering if this is how they (South Africans) want to pay Nigerians back for all the fight both economically and psychologically against apartheid.

Martins also said that ULSU will ensure all South African products are boycotted on or before Tuesday, 21st of April, 2015 if the barbaric massacre is not brought to a halt.
“We will ensure there will be no shopping at SHOPRITE, Pick n Pay, Spar, Steers, Debonairs, Hungry Lion, Mr Price, Woolworths or any shop that is a South African investment,” he warned, stressing that Nigerians will also be sensitized not to pay for a new subscription on DSTV, GOTV, make any recharge on MTN lines or purchase any new product from MTN.

ULSU, he told ITRealms condemned in strong terms the on-going xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and Africans in South Africa as it is a breach of human rights as established by the South African constitution.

According to him, social cohesion is a guarantee for success and development thus immigrants should not be seen as enemies of progress. Noting that Nigeria and Nigerians in the last four decades has been supportive in helping South Africa fight Apartheid and other social injustice such as racism and rape issues. 

“South Africans owe everything they have today to the resolve of Africans to liberate their brethren from the putrid shackles of Apartheid! This is how they pay us back? How many South Africans were educated and sheltered? Without the material, financial and emotional solidarity of African governments, could the ANC struggle have gotten anywhere? Is South Africa suffering from Amnesia? How so soon have they forgotten the over $61billion injected into their economy during the Anti-apartheid struggle?” he lamented.

ULSU, he said, totally condemns the life loss and public disturbance in the last four days as this is unworthy of the human race. “No amount of economic hardship and discontent can ever justify the criminal activities that characterize these attacks. Justice must be done” he said.

As it stands now, South Africa is one monument of ingratitude and the government and people of South Africa must take all steps to change this perception or suffer dire consequences.

ULSU further called on all Nigerians to join the struggle as this is “our war and it must be won” insisting that an injury to one is an injury to all. 

Uju N. Dom/GEE
 

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*President, ULSU, Comrade Abiodun Martins

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