Sen Orji Kalu, Chief Whip of the Senate, on Tuesday, while condemning attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, said the Nigerian government should close businesses owned by South African.
Among the businesses he mentioned were MTN, DSTV and Shoprite.
In a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Mr Kunle Oyekunle of Orji Kalu Media Office, the former governor of Abia State questioned the essence of the renewed attacks on Nigerians.
“The gruesome killings, looting, arson of property belonging to Nigerians and attack of Nigerian Embassy in South Africa is ill-conceived, disheartening and wicked.
“How can any sensible person attack and burn a fellow human being just because he or she has a feeling to do so?
“Those mindless criminals who attacked and prevented law abiding Nigerians to freely conduct their businesses must be made to pay for their crimes.
“Arresting them is not enough,’’ he stressed.
While emphasising that South Africans lived and carried out their businesses peacefully in Nigeria, Kalu said there would be no reason to allow them operate further if the South African government failed to protect the lives, and property of Nigerians.
“If the South African government fails to do more to protect the lives of Nigerians, there should be no reason to allow them to operate freely in Nigeria.
“All their enterprises deserve to be closed down including MTN, DSTV, Shoprite among others.
“In the spirit of brotherhood, we have supported them. Our doors have always been open, but it’s time to retaliate by shutting our doors,” he said
The Senate Chief Whip, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for dispatching a special envoy to the South African government.
He urged the Federal Government to hasten the intervention process and institute stiffer measures against South Africa over the endless xenophobic attacks.
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