The All Progressives Congress, APC has called on Nigerians to practically demonstrate their opposition to South African bred xenophobia by turning their backs on South African companies starting with MTN.
National chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole speaking to newsmen after a meeting of the National Working Committee, NWC said the party was fully in support of the actions taken by President Muhammadu Buhari against the xenophobic tendencies of the South Africans.
He thus tasked Nigerians to back the administration by practically turning their backs on services rendered by South African companies.
Comrade Oshiomhole called for actions that could lead to the takeover of some of the companies including MTN, Multi-Choice, Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic Bank among others.
“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 in a moment like this and in order to send a very strong message to South African authorities and the South African people, we call on the Nigerian government to take steps to take over the remaining shares of MTN that are owned by South Africa so that MTN becomes fully Nigeria owned.
“I think right away, Nigerians in our individual capacities, this is the moment to show our commitment by boycotting South African goods and beginning with Nigerians refusing from today to use MTN services. If Nigeria decides at least for the next 30 days to stop using MTN, they would have sent a clear message.
“We should reflect why we should continue to allow DSTV to repatriate millions of dollars to South Africa arising from their activities in Nigeria. We have reviewed all of those things that give South Africans monopoly such that they make money with very little value addition.
“To show that we mean business and in practical steps, South African Airways, their landing right in Nigeria should be revoked until these issues are sorted out.
“Many Nigerians believe that Shoprite is owned by South Africans; they are repatriating money purely from franchise, both the capital with which these shopping malls are built are Nigeria’s, the shop owners are Nigerians. This imposes an obligation on the government to review any agreement that gives South Africans the right to begin to develop monopoly in our commercial lives.
“We also know that Standard Chartered Bank and Stanbic Bank, are all South African Banks, Nigerians may have more shares there, if any. It is time to ask them to wind up so that Nigerian Banks will take advantage of their departure and expand their operations. We have enough to save by transferring these businesses to Nigerians”.