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UNILAG Students Gives South Africa 24 Hours To End Xenophobia


#xenophobia attacks: The protesters passed through neighbourhoods that are home to many immigrants (Al Jazeera)

#xenophobia attacks:

Following xenophobic attacks by South Africans against foreigners, including Nigerians, the UNILAG students on Monday staged a protest at the South Africa’s High Commission, Lagos.

The UNILAG students delivered a protest letter to the South African High Commissioner, Amb. Lulu Mguni, giving the South African authorities a 24-hour ultimatum to either stop the attacks or face a boycott of businesses and products from the country.

The students came in three buses, one of which had ‘Aluta missile’ on the number plate. One of the students that participated in the protest said that the demonstration had been planned to move on to major South African companies on the Lagos Island but that the police stopped the protesters.

He said, “We issued a 24-hour ultimatum for the appropriate authorities of South Africa to stop the attacks or they risk a boycott of their businesses and products in the country. We will be the ones to champion the boycott.

“We were to go to a major South African company on Tiamiyu Savage Street but armed policemen resisted us and we cancelled our trip.” The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the protest. He said, “The students, under police protection, demonstrated at the South African High Commission.

They made attempts to go to the DSTV and MTN offices but were appropriately advised in the interest of security. “They peacefully departed after a hitch-free protest.”

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