Xenophobia: Oshiomhole asks FG to nationalise South African-owned businesses


The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has called on the Federal Government to nationalise South African businesses in Nigeria. He made the call at the end of an emergency National Working Committee (NWC) meeting of the ruling party in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“In order to send a very strong message to South African authorities and the South African people, it is worth it for the Nigerian government to take steps to take over the remaining shares of MTN that are owned by South Africans so that MTN becomes fully Nigeria-owned.

“If Nigeria decides at least for the next 30 days to stop using MTN, they would have sent a clear message,” the party chairman said. The APC leaders met on Thursday to discuss the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals living in South Africa.

Oshiomhole, who presided over the meeting held at the party’s secretariat, stressed that there was a need for the Nigerian government to send a strong warning to South African authorities over the attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners. As part of measures to be taken, he proposed a complete takeover of businesses owned by South Africans in Nigeria.


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