Nationalize MTN, shut South Africa out of Nigerian economy, Oshiomhole urges Buhari


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Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the federal government to take immediate steps to nationalize South Africa’s owned telecommunication giant MTN, towards a more comprehensive economic sanction against the former apartheid enclave, including stoppage of landing right to South Africa Airline.

The hard posture of the APC national Chairman is in response to the xenophobic attacks which has targeted Nigerians living in the rainbow nation, with scores being brought home in body bags.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to also take stringent measures against Multichoice (DSTV), Standard Chartered Bank and Stanbic Bank as well as other South African business concerns in the country, as he called for major shift in the nation’s foreign policy thrust which   has long centered on Africa.

Comrade Oshiomhole who addressed members of the media late on Thursday after a meeting of the National Working Committee NWC of the ruling party, insisted that Nigeria cannot continue to endure the brazen assault on her nationals.

He said the party fully endorse any offensive action the administration will take against South Africa as a warning to other African countries who may want to take the magnanimity of the country for granted

Oshoimhole said the explanation so far given by South African authorities suggest a premeditated action as he accused the  African National Congress (ANC) and the  South Africa’s government of backing the killings of Nigerians.

Wondering why that nation has found it difficult to arrest and sentence perpetrators of xenophobic attacks in the country, he urged Nigerians to boycott South African goods.

He maintained that  the situation in South Africa required bold and direct message that would show that Nigeria is willing and ready to match the terror of South African.

“ It is worthy for Nigeria’s government to take steps to take over the remaining shares of MTN that are own by South Africans so that MTN become fully Nigerian own .

“ I think right away Nigerians in our individual capacity this is the moment to show commitment to our citizens and show sympathy to those who have lost their loved one by boycotting South African goods and businesses beginning with Nigerians refusing from today to use MTN  services .

“Happily we have indigenous network like Glo and Airtel . If Nigerians decide at least for the next 30 days as first step to stop using MTN , they would have sent a clear message and pay befitting tribute to the lives of those that have wasted in very crude and barbaric manner by the South African authorities.

“Having listened to all the explanations from the authorities in South Africa, these people (Nigerians) are neither being accused of being irregular migrants nor are they involved in any illegal activities. Those who have business permits to setup businesses whether they are petty traders or small manufacturers, they are operating within the letters of the laws of the South Africa’s government,” he said.


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