By Ifeanyi Ochonogor
The Igbo National Council (INC) has given a fourteen days ultimatum for the xenophobic killing of Nigerians based in South Africa to stop; failing which they will have no other option than to mobilize for retaliation against South Africans resident or working in Nigeria.
In a statement issued by its president, Comrade Chilos Godsent, in the early hours of April 19, in what may go down in history as a Good Friday Declaration, the group called on Nigerians to boycott MTN and DSTV services till the xenophobic attacks stops in South Africa.
The full text of the INC statement reads:
Xenophobiarism And Wanton Killing Of Nigerians In South Africa: A Clarion Call For Drastic Action
For many years now, we have watched helplessly with great disappointment and regrets, the reckless killings of Nigerians in many cities and towns in South Africa in the name of Xenophobia. Many Nigerians are been brutally murdered in cool blood in such a barbaric manners. We note that no responsible country or leadership in the modern world will sit down and watch her citizens been viciously murdered by blood thirsty hoodlums in whatever reasons.
We severally watched on televisions seeing Nigerians stoned to dead like in the days of the dark ages, some burnt alive with tyres on their neck, many butchered like cows and many been shot with gun in the presence of the South African law enforcement agencies. Again, thousands of Nigerians are arbitrarily kept in solitary conferment in various prisons, police cells and detention centers across South Africa.
Consequent upon the above, the Igbo National Council (INC) therefore call on the leadership and government of Nigeria to give a marching order to the government of South Africa to immediately halt the killings of Nigerians, arrest and prosecute all perpetrators involved in the act and their sponsors.
BOYCOTT OF SOUTH AFRICAN OWNED SERVICE PROVIDERS IN NIGERIA
We further call on Nigerians to immediately stop the patronage of any South African owned service providers in Nigeria, and boycott MTN and DSTV services till the xenophobic attacks stops in South Africa.
We wish to state that if within fourteen (14) days from today the killing of Nigerians continues in South Africa, we will have no other option than to mobilize for retaliation against South Africans resident or working in Nigeria.
Comrade Chilos Godsent INC President