[Ibadan]–There was partial disruption in commercial and vehicular movement on Friday as the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) staged a peaceful protest in Ibadan against Xenophobic attack on Nigerians in South Africa.
The students in their hundreds marched round the metropolis to demonstrate against what they called inhuman treatment of Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.
The students took their grievances to the premises of DSTV, a South African interest in Jericho Area of Ibadan.
The premises was already under lock and key as information about the protest had already reached the management, thereby preventing the protestants from gaining entrance into the premises.
The students, however, conveyed their protest message to the management, insisting that the premises should remain sealed until things improved in South Africa.
The students also moved to the state Governor’s office where the National President of the union, Olugbenga Adeyeye, presented their mission to the government. According to Adeyeye, the union condemned in strong terms, the dehumanisation of Nigerians in South Africa.
While presenting a letter titled: “NAPS Position on Xenophobic Attack on Nigerians in South Africa” Adeyeye said that the students patience had been exhausted as it could no longer watch Nigerians being killed in South Africa.
“In spite of our positions, this ugly phenomenon has remained unabated. Why this killing, maiming, looting? The disappointing aspect is that President Jacob Zuma has not said anything about the incident, whether to apologise on behalf of South African citizens that have unleashed terror on our people. Nigeria contributed a lot to the emancipation of South Africa”.
“Nigerians need to be accorded some respect. The magnitude of mental incarceration that Nigerians are going through now over there is very disheartening. We have resolved that if South Africa can no longer accommodate our people, it is not a crime for Nigeria to review our diplomatic ties with them. We have enough abundant resources to take care of our people here and we can develop our economy, if we have responsible leadership,” he said.
“Until the attacks stop, all polytechnic students in Nigeria will not stop to enforce the closure of all South African interests in Nigeria”
“We demand an unreserved apology from President Jacob Zuma of South Africa as his silence has confirmed the complicity of South Africa government in the crisis.”
Responding, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Education, Prof Adeniyi Olowofela, commended the students for a peaceful protest. He condemned xenophobia in all ramifications, but pleaded that Nigerians should not destroy the businesses of South Africa in Nigeria.
Ajimobi ably represented by Prof. Adeniyi, further call on President Zuma to do something in view of the enormous sacrifice made by Nigerians in the liberation of South Africa.
The governor assured the students that their letter would be presented to the Federal Government.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg