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Nigerian students protest South Africans’ xenophobia, picket Stanbic Bank, DSTV, MTN in Yola

Members of the National Student Association of Nigeria (NANS) took the streets of Adamawa state capital Yola on Thursday to protest the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians living in South Africa.

The students appeared on the main streets with signs with inscriptions such as: “The NANS say no to xenophobia,” “Why kill our citizens and loot their property?” kill Nigerians, “” Nigerians are not weak or cowardly, “put an end to South African companies in Nigeria.”

In the course of the protest, students led by their National Financial Secretary, Danladi Jonah, picketed at Yola offices of South African companies in Nigeria, including Stanbic Bank, DSTV and MTN.

Addressing the management of Stanbic Bank at the bank’s branch in Aliyu Mustapha Way, Jimeta, Danladi Jonah said the bank’s branch would remain closed throughout Thursday and Friday in line with the directive to protest the xenophobia of the leadership of NANS

“We are giving South African companies seven days to relocate, after which we will take the next action plan,” he said.

Addressing the students, the Stanbic Bank’s area operations manager, Abubakar Usman, ordered them to remain calm and assured them that he would communicate his complaint to the bank’s headquarters.

The National Financial Secretary of NANS, who then sent questions from DAILY POST, said the protest in Yola was part of a national NANS action plan against the killings of Nigerians in South Africa.