With the recent spate of uprising and counter protest that have taken the space between Nigeria and South Africa, it’s high time the federal government takes serious diplomatic measures to curtail such ugly development from reoccurrence.
Xenophobia is dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries.The xenophobic attacks have been lingering for some years and if not properly treated may repeat itself in the nearest future unless Nigeria takes drastic and lasting measures to curb the ugly development.
The recent reactions that trailed the attacks on foreigners by South Africans including Nigerians, the All Progressive Congress (APC) National chairman Adams Oshiomole requested as a penalty that MTN a South African telecommunication company operating in the country should be nationalized.
Indeed, South African originated businesses should be nationalized or totally faced out.
It is on record that some of the South African companies in Nigeria have one of the poorest customer relations as well as community social responsibility this might not be farfetched from xenophobic affiliations such companies have towards Nigerians.
For instance, Stanbic IBTC, Standard Chartered Bank, DSTV, MTN to mention a few have very bad customer relations compared with indigenous companies in the same industry.
Sanctions should be stiffer and increased taxation for foreign companies especially those of South African origin.
There are no CSR that each of the South African companies have to show compared to the volume of monies they send back home.
The ownership and licenses of operation of each of this company should be reviewed and Nigerian must own the greater percentage to serve as a deterrent.
The federal government should request a non-negotiable request that all Nigerians whose businesses were destroyed and burnt during the xenophobic attack should be compensated in full or else South Africa companies in Nigeria be sanctioned and made to pay for the damages and losses incurred by Nigerian citizens in South Africa.
As a swift and immediate measure,the federal government should boycott all products and services imported from South Africa especially the supermarket franchises popularly called ShopRite pending the outcome of a diplomatic agreement properly signed and documented with stiff and lasting sanctions against any foreign country that Nigeria have bilateral relations.