The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has
advised South African President, Jacob Zuma, to stay away
from the inauguration of President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu
Buhari, saying his visit will be an insult to Nigerians over
his poor handling of the xenophobic attacks that recently
occurred in his country. The organisation also threatened
to storm the airports should President Zuma decide to
grace the inauguration where over 50 Heads of State are
expected to attend.
President of the student’s body, Comrade Tijani Usman, in
a statement issued in Abuja, lamented that President
Zuma’s inability to apologise to Nigeria like he did to
Mozambique in spite of the sacrifices the country made for
South Africa, was unfortunate.
“We wish to advise the South African President
(Jacob Zuma) to rather stay at home and address
burning issues, rather than embarking on a visit
that is the least desirable.
“The South African President’s failure to apologise
to Nigeria for the losses the country and our
citizens incurred during the xenophobic attacks on
foreigners leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. There
is therefore, no point felicitating with a people who
clearly do not matter much to you. President
Zuma’s visit will only amount to pretence.”
NANS further restated its earlier position that it will
henceforth not hesitate to clamp down on South African
investments in the country should any incident of
xenophobic attacks recur.